Tokyo extinguished the Olympic flame at a ceremony on Sunday, which echoed the restraint of games played without spectators, defined by global pandemics, dazzling sports and deep personal unrest And change.
Soon after the flame of the Olympic Stadium went out, when the athletes had gone to the exit, a bunch of colorful fireworks lit up the night sky.
When the closing ceremony briefly turned into a park with grass, street performers and BMX riders, they had a surreal glimpse of daily life in Tokyo. Organizers said that this scene is to allow them to “experience Tokyo”, which is a bitter nod to the fact that many people are locked in a room or spent in the field during the game.
The game that was subverted by the COVID-19 pandemic and then changed by the drama of politics, sports and personal turmoil is over. This is a very strange ending. The Tokyo Olympics were originally designed to show how Japan recovered from the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in 2011.
This is also in stark contrast to the more festive park scene in Paris. As Paris was preparing to take over the Olympic baton, thousands of sports fans waved the tricolor flag and swarmed into the fan area opposite the Eiffel Tower. From Tokyo to participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics.
After a year of postponement, the organizers said that the Olympic Games will become a symbol of the world’s victory over the epidemic. Held without spectators, and with the return of variants of the coronavirus, the Olympics failed to win, and the financial windfall that Japan initially sought failed.
On the contrary, the host country is saddled with a $15 billion bill, twice the original estimate, and there is no travel boom to offset it.
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) thanked the Japanese people and touted the Olympics as a symbol of hope during the epidemic.
“No one has organized a postponed game before,” he said.