The Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Football Stadium went off in style despite an unexpected change of weather. The cold winter weather that prevailed during the day turned hostile with strong winds & driving rain. Flooding of roads & residential areas, uprooted trees, broken power lines resulting in disruption of electricity to many areas, roofs of houses blown off & injuries to some due to falling or flying objects was reported in the media. The inclement weather is prevailing even after 12 hours later.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee described the XXXIst Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016 as a Marvellous Games in a Marvellous city. Earlier, at the final media conference at the Main Press Centre, he had termed them as the happy games, as the people’s games, as the beautiful games & also the as passionate games.
The meticulous IOC Chief paid a special tribute to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes. The artful Paes who was in the team that won the bid and stayed through the crisis period of Brazil due to various political, economic & social changes & issues. He then was the trouble shooter in the final phase of the build up to the Games and was at hand to present the next host city the Olympic Flag which was received by the Lady Governor of Metropolitan Tokyo, Yuriko Koike.
At the Iconic Games in Rio 2016,Kimberely Rhode (USA) won a medal in Women’s Shooting – a record of medals in 06 consecutive Olympics. Michael Phelps (USA) collected 6 more medals to take his tally to 28 medals in 5 Olympics, including 23 Golds. Usain Bolt (Jamaica) won 3 Sprint Golds to achieve the unprecidented feat of a treble of Triple Sprint Golds in Olympics. Mohamad Farah (Great Britain) confirmed himself as the greatest Long Distance Runner of all time, having won the Double of 5.000M & 10,000M in consecutive Olympics & consecutive World Championships. Qatar, which is under an Olympic ban, had two male shooters winning 01 Gold & 01 Bronze, competing under the Olmpic Flag. Cosovo, South Sudan & Refugees participated at Olympics for the first time. Cosovo (Judo – Women), Jordon (Taekwondo – Men) & Fiji (Rugby 7s – Men) won their first ever Gold Medals in Olympics. The Summer Olympics which was held in South America for the first time has catapulted Brazil to the forefront of multi sporting facilities in the continent.
Japan finished 6th overall Gold Medal winning nation. Brazil was amongst the top 15 nations with 19 medals in total. Expectations – high & low, experiences – sweet & sour, achievements – good & bad together with memories – long lasting & short lived. Let it be the Legacy of Rio 2016 Brazil.
OBRIGADO (Good Bye) RIO YOKOSO (Welcome) TOKYO
Prasanna Adikari & Haritha Perera in Rio, Brazil