Included with many colorful blazes of fireworks, singers, dancers and the crowd screaming to the sky, the Rio Paralympics 2016 closing ceremony came to an end on September 18th (Sunday). The closing ceremony took at Rio’s famed Maracana Stadium highlighted by Brazilian funk music and by a giant conga line of athletes moving around the stadium cheering the 45,000 fans.
The closing ceremony on is addressed by Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympics Committee.
This is the first Paralympics to be closed on the South American soil at Rio de Janeiro.
Kadeena Cox, a 25-year-old Rio medallist who won gold in both athletics and cycling, has carried flag bearer for the Paramlympics GB in the closing ceremony. Represented as one of the most successful British team in the Paralympics.
Musician Johnatha Bastos played an electric guitar for the closing ceremony.
China stood first in the medal table followed by Great Britain in second place and Ukraine in third. China had a total of 239 medals, in which 107 Gold, 81 Silver, 51 Bronze.
A tribute to the accidentally expired Iranian para-cyclist BahmanGolbarnezhad is given by a minute silence. He died in the C4/C5 road race on Saturday, and this incident is marked as the first tragedy in the history of Paralympics Games. An investigation has launched for the crash death. Iranian flag was lowered as a tribute to half-staff in the Paralympic village.
Indian athletes capped off a successful games campaign and secured the best ever in the Rio with with four medals. These include two golds, one silver and one bronze, stood in 43rd place in the medal table.
Kurt Fearnley, retiring co-captain took the center stage, as he was announced as the ‘International Paralympic Committee athletes council member.’ Missing gold with just a difference of one second in wheelchair racing, Fearnley ended his career.
Curtis McGrath was given the honor of carrying the Australian Flag to the stadium. He won gold in Canoe Sprint last week. Ricardinho, who made a winning goal for Brazil in the five-a-side football final carried the flag for the host nation.
Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, has received the Paralympic flag as a symbolic handover to next host city.
The ticket sales stood at 12 % four weeks ago making Rio as the second best-attended Games behind London in the history.
Russia was banned by the Organisers from the competition when shrugged in doping controversy on the games eve. Later after discussions, a green signal is given.
Grand farewell is given to the Paralympics 2016 by Rio with astonishing events and words to all the spectators in the Paralympic village forwarding the next host in Tokyo, Japan.