- The 32nd edition of the Olympics staged in Tokyo was faced with unprecedented logistical challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic
- However, Japan, somehow still managed to stage an intriguing and exciting extravaganza which saw the USA finish top on the medal charts
- The Games came to a close on Sunday, August 8, and just like the opening ceremony, the closing session was also marked with low-key performances in a near-empty Tokyo Olympic Stadium
- Paris is now scheduled to host the next edition of the Summer Games set for 2024
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which kicked off on Friday, July 23, finally came to a close on Sunday, August 8.
The organisers of the event had to contend with a raft of challenges including the ghosts of the COVID-19 pandemic to stage one of the most surreal and peculiar extravaganza.
Christened with '2020' but held in the summer or 2021, curtains fell on the Tokyo Olympics in an empty stadium on the evening of Sunday, August 8.
The penultimate of the extravaganza was marked with a rollicking closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
The session, as has been the tradition combined a number of activities including speeches, hoisting of the flags, a parade of athletes, and handing over of the Olympic flag.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the closing ceremony was largely prerecorded with some live segments taking place.
The ceremony began with one athlete from each participating country marching in with their flags before assembling in a circle.
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, DJ Matsunaga, and the Tokyo High School Orchestra headlined the list of performers, showcasing the culture and history of Japan.
When the cauldron was extinguished, the baton was handed over to Paris, who will host the next edition of the Summer Games scheduled for 2024.
Kenya finishes no.1 in Africa
It was earlier reported despite a slow start at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Kenya has sealed a first-place finish in Africa on medal standings.
Team Kenya managed to win a total of 10 medals during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.
Kipchoge, Jepchirchir, Kipyegon, and Emmanuel Korir all won gold medals for Kenya.
The haul of 10 medals afforded the country a 19th place finish globally, with the USA topping the charts.
China, Japan, and Great Britain were all afforded a place in the top five overall after a good showing.