Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony: India records highest-ever medal tally as Tokyo Games come to a close

Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony: India records highest-ever medal tally as Tokyo Games come to a close: At the Closing Ceremony of Tokyo Olympics, wrestler Bajrang Punia on Sunday entered the stadium holding aloft India’s flag and joined flag-bearers of other national Olympic contingents to mark the end of 17-days of the Games, which saw athletes from over 200 countries participated.

Punia along with flag bearers of other countries walked into the centre of the stadium and formed a ring around a dias as the whole area lit up to celebrate the hard work of everyone associated with the Tokyo Olympics that witnessed sporting excellence across 33 sports. This year the Games were held with COVID-19 induced restrictions and all sports were played behind closed doors.

About 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries competed in Tokyo Olympics. India recorded its best-ever haul at the Olympics with seven medals (one gold, two silver, and four bronze).

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra bagged a gold medal for India on Saturday and as a result, India registered its first-ever gold in athletics at the Games. Bajrang (bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men’s hockey team ( bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) have also won medals in the Tokyo Games.

Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday said that the Tokyo Games were held successfully and it gave hope to the entire world.
“I think we can already now say with confidence that we have experienced a very successful Olympic Games,” Kyodo News quoted Bach as saying.

“I think we can say with confidence that these Olympic Games happened at the right time and that the athletes for whom we did it really appreciated it and considered it also to be the right moment in time to come together again and give hope and confidence not only to the Olympic community but for the entire world,” he added.

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@6:42 – Thomas Bach declares Tokyo Olympics closed 

@6:40 – Thomas Bach: You inspired us with this unifying power of sport. This was even more remarkable given the many challenges you had to face because of the pandemic. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are the Olympic Games of hope, solidarity, and peace.

@6:35 – Thomas Bach delivers a speech in Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony

@6:30 – For the first time in history in a closing ceremony of an Olympics game, the national anthem of the next host country was delivered.  

@6:16 – Thomas Bach hands over the Olympic flag to Mayor of Paris, the host city of 2024 Summer Games

@5:50 – Indian team seen clicking photos with each other 

@5:35 – Medal ceremony for marathon takes places

@5:30 – It’s time for the national anthem of Greece

@5:30 – Japanise singers, dancers performing in front of athletes

@5:25 – Indian contingent at Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony LIVE

@5:15: Indian contingent dancing after their most successful Olympics ever

@5:10 – Athelethes are enjoying the party as they have missed many in last few years to reach here

@5:05 – Athletes are clicking photos with each other 

@5:00 – Athletes dancing and enjoying the moments at Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony

@4:55 – Athletes enter the Olympic stadium with their countries flags in hand 

@4:50 – Bronze medallist Wrestler Bajrang Punia is India’s flag bearer

@4:45 – Flag bearers of all the countries enter

@4:40 – Japan’s flag hoisted in Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony with the national anthem

@4:40 – Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony begins with the welcoming of Japan’s crown prince and IOC president Thomas Bach

@4:30 PM – Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto must be proud of the smooth conduct of the Olympics despite the coronavirus pandemic.

India at Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony LIVE: Wrestler Bajrang Punia will be India’s flag-bearer, Check the time, venue, dates below

The Indian wrestling ace bagged the bronze medal at the Olympics, beating Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov 8-0 in the bronze medal match. Follow the match live here

The Games have been historic, to say the least, with more mixed-gender events added to increase diversity, while many transgender athletes also made their debut at the Summer Games. This was also the first Olympics to be held without spectators, but the organizers hope that the past 17 days will provide us with food for thought about diversity and inclusion.

Currently, the Indian contingent has won five medals, two silver, and three bronze, but could add three more to their tally on the penultimate day of the Summer Games. Although, India is ready for a 2 medal haul on Saturday, 7th Aug.

Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony LIVE Date, Time, Venue: What time is Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony?

Time: 4:30 PM

Date: 08-08-2021

Venue: Olympic Stadium

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