Paralympic Closing Marks End Of Tokyo’s 8-Year Olympic Saga
Sep 5, 2021, 10:38 AM
(Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Paralympics have closed to end a saga that began eight years ago when the Japanese capital was named the host city by the International Olympic Committee.
The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen by Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino, the brother of Emperor Naruhito.
The Olympics closed almost a month ago.
And so #Tokyo2020 comes to a close not with a bang… but a really big bang! 🎇 pic.twitter.com/8aEZn9f8XJ
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) September 5, 2021
These were unprecedented Olympics and Paralympics, postponed for a year and marked by footnotes, asterisks, and no fans, except for a few outlying venues away from Tokyo during the Olympics, and a few thousand school children who were allowed into Paralympic venues.