The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have finally come to an end on the 8th of August with a closing ceremony attended by all the participant nations followed by a handover ceremony to the mayor of Paris as Paris is scheduled to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Originally scheduled to be hosted in 2020, the games had to be postponed by a year due to the global pandemic of Covid-19. Even then the games faced the threat of cancellation as there were huge protests by the Tokyo residents against the games fearing it will put their lives in danger.
IOC chief Thomas Bach termed these games as the “most challenging Olympic journey” and at the closing ceremony said, “Now I have to mark the end of this most challenging Olympic journey to Tokyo: I declare the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed.” The Olympic flag was then passed to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo for the 2024 Games at the Tokyo closing ceremony.
The closing ceremony began in an almost empty Olympic Stadium on Sunday, at the end of a 16-day event held under strict anti-coronavirus conditions preventing fans from attending the event.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia led the Indian contingent out during the parade of athletes during the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020.
Tokyo 2020 is the best performance of Indian athletes at the Olympics bagging a total of 7 medals bettering the previous best of 6 medals at London 2012 when India bagged 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Lets have a look at the medallists of Tokyo 2020.
- Neeraj Chopra
- Mirabai Chanu
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya
- Lovlina Borgohain
- PV Sindhu
- Men’s Hockey Team
- Bajrang Punia
At the medal tally, India stood at the 48th position bettering Rio 2016’s ranking of 67 by nearly 20 ranks.
Apart from the medallists, there were some breakthrough performers like the Women’s Hockey Team who qualified for Semi-finals for the first time, discuss thrower Kamalpreet Kaur, wrestler Deepak Punia and Golfer Aditi Ashok who was in medal contention up until the last moment.