RIO DE JANEIRO: A blustery storm, a contact of melancholy and a way of satisfaction converged on the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of aid at having pulled off South America’s first Video games.
It was removed from an ideal execution by Brazil, which battled with empty seats, safety scares and a mysterious inexperienced diving pool. However two late gold medals for the host nation in its two favourite sports activities, males’s soccer and volleyball, helped clean a few of the tough edges across the Video games for Brazilians.
From the Maracana the place all of it started sixteen days in the past, the ultimate occasion kicked off with figures dressed as multi-coloured macaws flying over Rio’s world-well-known landmarks, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, earlier than forming the 5 Olympic rings.
A storm that menaced Rio all day despatched wind and rain by way of Brazil’s most storied stadium and the facility briefly went out in a part of the stadium and the encompassing neighborhood shortly earlier than the ceremony kicked off.
Rain drenched performers and a whole lot of athletes as they entered the celebration, many with medals hanging round their necks, just like the U.S. males’s basketball staff which gained gold on Sunday.
To the beat of conventional Brazilian music, Olympians danced and waved their nations’ flags to have fun their place on the world’s premier sporting stage. The primary Refugee staff in Olympic historical past, one of many largest crowd-pleasers of the Video games, marched in behind the Olympic flag, carried by a Congolese judoka and Rio resident.
The athletes will witness the final of 306 medal ceremonies, for the lads’s marathon earlier within the day.
The town will then hand over the Olympic flag to Tokyo, website of the 2020 Summer time Video games, and extinguish the Olympic flame, burning since Aug. 5, in a small, environmentally pleasant cauldron.
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Rio shall be remembered for the comeback of American swimmer Michael Phelps, who gained 5 golds and one silver to strengthen his distinction as probably the most adorned Olympian of all time.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his sensible Olympic profession by securing a sweep of the dash titles for a 3rd successive Video games. And American gymnast Simone Biles, the U.S. flag bearer within the closing ceremony, kicked off her Olympic run by tying the document of 4 gold medals in a single Video games.
At occasions, it was exhausting to give attention to the good sporting moments occurring throughout the sprawling metropolis.
A low level for Rio got here when Ryan Lochte, one among America’s most adorned swimmers, stated he was robbed at gunpoint. That ignited additional safety considerations after a collection of assaults towards authorities ministers, athletes and vacationers.
However Lochte’s story shortly unraveled when police found he fabricated his story to cowl up his vandalizing a fuel station after a drunken night time out with three teammates. His lie enraged Brazilians and People alike.
Brazilians might take coronary heart within the reality that there have been no main mishaps or breaches after lethal assaults in Europe and the USA had prompted the most important safety operation in Brazil’s historical past. The army and police presence was extraordinary with eighty five,000 troops fanned out throughout venues, streets and transport hubs, double the deployment in London 4 years in the past.
“Even with all our issues we pulled off an excellent Olympics. Nothing too dangerous occurred and I might say it was higher than anticipated,” stated Nivea Araujo, a Rio resident attending the closing ceremony.
For a lot of within the soccer-mad nation, one of the best Olympic moments occurred within the Maracana, the place Brazil defeated Germany in soccer on Saturday and pieced collectively a extensively hailed opening ceremony regardless of a decent finances.
“We’re in a troublesome second as a rustic proper now, we will not disguise that, however the Video games have been scheduled and I am glad we might take pleasure in them,” stated Alessandro Freitas, additionally from Rio.
One of many main considerations for Brazilians is what would be the last value of the Video games for a rustic within the midst of its deepest financial recession because the Nineteen Thirties and the way a lot they really helped enhance the town’s infrastructure.
And are available Monday, with the Video games not a distraction, Brazil will get again to its dour actuality of dueling political and financial crises. An impeachment vote in coming days might result in the everlasting ouster of suspended President Dilma Rousseff.
Interim President Michel Temer, who was booed on the opening ceremony, determined to not attend the closing occasion. He stated he would come for subsequent month’s Paralympic Video games.
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