The Tokyo Olympics, called “2020” but organized in mid-2021 after being interrupted for a year by the coronavirus, ended Sunday evening in a stadium emptied of COVID.
A frenzied closing ceremony themed “From the Worlds We Share” – an upbeat but ironic notion at this human moment – featured everything from stunts to intricate light shows as it attempted to convey an “atmosphere of celebration and celebration. release ‘for athletes after two strained. weeks. It pivoted to a live stream from Paris, host of the 2024 Summer Games. And with that, the strangest Olympics on record closed their books for good.
Hosted in the midst of a resurgent pandemic, rejected by many Japanese and plagued by months of administrative problems, these Games presented logistical and medical hurdles like no other, offered serious conversations about mental health – and, of sport, offered the two triumphs and some surprising failures.
“You were faster, you went higher, you were stronger because we were all united,” Bach told the Olympians as he closed the Games. “It was even more remarkable considering the many challenges you have had to face as a result of the pandemic. In these difficult times, you are giving the world the most precious gift: hope, ”said Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.
“For the first time since the start of the pandemic,” he said, “the whole world has come together”.