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2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony

Coordinates: 22°54′43.80″S 43°13′48.59″W / 22.9121667°S 43.2301639°W / -22.9121667; -43.2301639
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2016 Summer Olympics
closing ceremony
The concert during the ceremony with the flags of Brazil, Greece and Japan at the right side, symbolizing the handover of the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo
Date21 August 2016; 7 years ago (2016-08-21)
Time20:00 – 22:50 BRT (UTC-3)
LocationRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates22°54′43.80″S 43°13′48.59″W / 22.9121667°S 43.2301639°W / -22.9121667; -43.2301639
Filmed byOlympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)
FootageThe ceremony on the IOC YouTube channel on YouTube

The closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics was held on 21 August 2016 from 20:00 to 22:50 BRT at the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1]

As per traditional Olympic protocol, the ceremony featured cultural presentations from both the current (Brazil) and following (Japan) host countries, as well as closing remarks by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach and the leader of the Games' organizing committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the official handover of the Olympic flag from Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, whose city hosted the 2020 Summer Olympics, and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.[2]


For the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, a major reconstruction project was initiated for the Maracanã Stadium. The original seating bowl, with a two-tier configuration, was demolished, giving way to a new one-tier seating bowl.[3] The original stadium's concrete roof was removed and replaced with a fiberglass tensioned membrane coated with polytetrafluoroethylene. The new roof covers 95% of the seats inside the stadium, unlike the former design, where protection was only afforded to some seats in the upper ring and those above the gate access of each sector.


Parade of Athletes[edit]

Greece and Brazil leading out the flag parade

The creative director for the ceremony was Rosa Magalhães who was known due their work in several samba schools.[4] Amid heavy rainfall, the ceremony began with interpretive dancers representing various landmarks in the host city, with music from the Brazilian group Barbatuques [pt], singing "Beautiful Creatures", a song from the 2014 American animated film Rio 2.[5] Martinho da Vila then performed a rendition of the classic song "Carinhoso [pt]" by Pixinguinha. In another segment, introducing the athletes, pop singer Roberta Sá channeled Carmen Miranda, the brazilian fruit-headdress-wearing, midcentury Hollywood diva who endures as a beloved camp figure. The Parade of Flags followed shortly after a choir of 27 children, representing the states of Brazil, sang the Brazilian national anthem.[6]

The ceremony featured a performance of "Carry Me" by Norwegian electronic music artist Kygo and American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, as part of a segment that launched the new Olympic Channel service launching after the Games.[7] The games' final medal awards for the men's marathon were also presented, along with the Kenyan national anthem.[8] The final medalists are listed below :

Eliud Kipchoge - Gold
Feyisa Lilesa - Silver
Galen Rupp - Bronze

Four newly elected members of the IOC Athletes' Commission were introduced: fencer Britta Heidemann (Germany), table tennis player Ryu Seung-min (South Korea), swimmer Dániel Gyurta (Hungary) and pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia). Lenine then performed his song "Jack Soul Brasileiro" with slowly modified lyrics in celebration of those who volunteered during the games. The flag handover ceremony began as standard with the Greek national anthem and the Olympic anthem sung in English. Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes handed the flag to IOC president Thomas Bach, who then handed it over to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike. The flag was raised again in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympics on 9 February 2018 for the opening ceremony.[9]

Warming up! Tokyo 2020[edit]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe standing atop a Warp Pipe while holding Mario's trademark red cap and the red circle from the flag of Japan

The directors for the show were Hiroshi Sasaki (creative supervisor), Ringo Sheena (creative supervisor and music director), MIKIKO (choreographer and stage director) and Kaoru Sugano (creative director).[10] Tokyo 2020's presentation for the next Olympics featured swimmer Kosuke Kitajima, long-distance runner Naoko Takahashi, boxer Ryōta Murata and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The Japanese national anthem arranged by Jun Miyake was sung while the flag of Japan was projected onto the stadium grounds while another flag was raised on the flagpole in the stadium. The flag then faded out to thank those who aided the country after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[6]

A video presentation featuring characters from famous Japanese anime and prominent video games such as Captain Tsubasa, Doraemon, Pac-Man and Hello Kitty led up to Abe's appearance, which consisted of him transforming into Mario from Nintendo's Mario franchise and jumping out of a Warp Pipe given by Doraemon to help him get from Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing to Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium on time. Abe appeared at the Maracanã dressed up as Mario.[11][12]

Male rhythmic gymnasts from Aomori University and dancers from Elevenplay then performed a dance routine highlighting Japan's electronic culture (choreographed by Mikiko, dance director of Elevenplay), music by Capsule member Yasutaka Nakata (the songwriter and producer for popular Japanese idol artists Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) before the presentation ended with the logo of the forthcoming Tokyo games.[13][14] The last sequence of presentation used the music from Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre's 2012 play "Egg" (written by Hideki Noda, with music by Ringo Sheena) – contains the message: "'sports, music or Olympics' and 'War or Nationalism' shall not be linked again."

The Carnival[edit]

The Carnival-inspired parade

Speeches by organising committee chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman and IOC president Bach declared the Games closed, as he called them 'Marvelous Olympic Games in The Marvelous City'. Mariene de Castro sang a rendition of ‘Pelo Tempo Que Durar’ a hit song recorded and composed by Marisa Monte in front of the Olympic cauldron as the flame was extinguished via piped rain.[6] The ceremony ended with a fireworks display and a tribute to Rio's signature event, the Carnival, which takes place during the week before Ash Wednesday. The ending segment emulated the brazilian biggest party events held in Rio. The 250-person strong parade was led by Brazilian model Izabel Goulart, the actress Leandra Leal as "goodmother of Cordão da Bola Preta carnival block" and street cleaner Renato Sorriso, with the city anthem and a popular carnival song called Cidade Maravilhosa playing in the background. The performers in the closing ceremony consisted from six of the main singers of samba schools and their respective rhythmists Ciganerey (Mangueira), Emerson Dias (Grande Rio), Ito Melodia (União da Ilha do Governador), Leozinho Nunes (São Clemente), Tinga (Unidos da Tijuca) and Wantuir (Paraíso do Tuiuti),[15] and the dancers who invited the world for the 2017 Rio Carnival.[2]



Victory ceremonies[edit]

Dignitaries in attendance[edit]

Dignitaries from International organizations[edit]

Host country dignitaries[edit]

Dignitaries from abroad[edit]

See also[edit]

Television coverage[edit]

Brazil - Globo TV; United States - NBC; United Kingdom - BBC


  1. ^ Anthem played as part of the Men's marathon victory ceremony.


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  11. ^ Palazzo, Chiara (22 August 2016). "Shinzo Abe emerges from a green pipe disguised as Super Mario during Rio Closing Ceremony". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  12. ^ Samuelson, Kate (22 August 2016). "Shinzo Abe Dresses as Super Mario for Rio Closing Ceremony". TIME.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  13. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (22 August 2016). "Rio passes Olympic flag to Tokyo, 'Super Abe' during closing ceremony". The Japan Times. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Rio 2016: cheers, boos and a carnival atmosphere as Olympic flame goes out". The Guardian. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Rio 2016! Seis intérpretes e mestre de bateria são escalados pro encerramento". Sambarazzo. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Press Release - President Obama Announces a Presidential Delegation to Attend the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games". The American Presidency Project. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2023.

External links[edit]

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