The closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games included a celebration of Brazilian music, the official transition to the 2020 Games in Tokyo as well as a tribute to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died after a crash on Saturday.
With the extinguishing of the Paralympic flame, the 2016 Rio Games have officially concluded.
In a somen act, before beginning his speech, Rio organizing committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman extended his condolences to the family and teammates of Bahman Golbarnezhad, the Iranian cyclist who died Saturday after a crash.
Later, International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven called for a moment of silence. Craven also bestowed a prestigious award on the citizens of Rio de Janeiro.
The closing ceremony acts as the transition to the next Summer Games. First, the Paralympic flag was lowered, then passed from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to IPC president Sir Philip Craven and finally to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
The ceremony began with a flash of colours to coincide with a trio of Brazilian guitarists — including Jonathan Bastos who plays with his feet — highlighting the diverse array of music in the country. It was a mesmerizing moment, and will be craved in everyones minds for a while.
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