2020 Tokyo Olympics: Here’s What to Know About the Closing Ceremony

by Jacklyn Krol

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have come to an end.

The closing ceremony took place on Sunday, August 8. After two weeks of 206 countries competing in 339 games, it all concludes with an event in the stadium. The final competitions were volleyball, water polo, track & field, boxing, handball, and basketball. Due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, no fans will be in attendance. The event took place at 7 AM ET as Tokyo’s time zone is thirteen hours ahead.

Team USA’s 626 athletes had the most gold medals with 39 and the most overall medals with 113 in 28 sports. Furthermore, 164 women and 93 men took home medals for our country this year. Ralph Lauren designed an outfit for the American athletes by using sustainable materials.

The closing ceremony include music, presentations, and a parade of flags with the athletes. Unfortunately, all of the athletes can not be present as each were required to leave the Olympics after they finished competing.

Women’s javelin thrower Kara Winger was selected as the United States flag bearer. She placed seventeenth after throwing a javelin almost 196 feet.

The final moments of the closing ceremony include passing off the flag to Paris, France to honor the 2024 games. IOC president Thomas Bach will give a speech before extinguishing the official Olympic flame.

Fans can watch the closing ceremony via NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App, and Peacock.

2024 Paris Olympics

The next summer Olympics will be held in Paris, France in 2024. The official games will take place between July 26 and August 11. A little over a thousand days until the next opening ceremony will take place.

The Olympic committee is expecting that the COVID-19 pandemic will halt in three years’ time. The committee released estimated statistics for the event. There will be approximately 13 million spectators with an additional 15 million people witnessing the iconic torch relay. They predict that over 20,000 accredited journalists will be present to cover the games for media outlets. Additionally, they estimate that there will be 4 billion viewers from home. On-site, they will require 45,000 volunteers and serve 60,000 meals to the 10,500 athletes expected to compete.

Overall, there will be 35 competition sites in the city that will hold events for the 28 sports. Furthermore, 206 countries will be competing in a grand total of 306 events.

“The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest event ever organised in France,” the official website stated. “The Olympic games will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. The spectacle taking place during those weeks will go down in history and Paris will be the centre of the world – the world of sport and so much more. The Games are a popular, multicultural festival, a celebration to share with the rest of the world. They represent a new adventure that will embark France on an experience unlike anything it has seen before.”