Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio throws colorful final party to say goodbye to 2016 Olympics (photos)

The Olympic torch was extinguished and Brazil and the world bid farewell on Sunday to the first Olympic Games in South America.

Rio marked the occasion with a joyful closing ceremony meant to celebrate a city and a people that defied predictions and pulled off a scaled-back Olympics amid economic and political turmoil.

The competition took place as scheduled and there were no major security incidents if you don't
count the one fabricated by American swimmers.

Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, said during the ceremony:
"We did it. We made it. It was seven years of a lot of struggle and work, but it was worth it. Every minute. Organizing the Games in Rio was a challenge. A successful challenge."
 The 2020 Summer Games is set to be hosted in Tokyo. More photos below.

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