2020 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony

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2020 Summer Paralympics
closing ceremony
Closing ceremony cropped Yoshihide Suga 20210905 5.jpg
closing ceremony
Date5 September 2021; 9 months ago (2021-09-05)
Time20:00 - 22:03 (JST)[1]
LocationTokyo, Japan
Theme"Moving Forward: Harmonious Cacophony"[2]
Filmed byOBS on behalf of the Japan Consortium (NHK and TBS)

The closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Paralympics took place on 5 September 2021 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.[3]

Weather conditions[edit]

  • 20:00 temperature 21.6 °C (70.9 °F) humidity 82%[4]
  • 22:00 temperature 21.2 °C (70.2 °F) humidity 80%
  • No precipitation



The New National Stadium served as the main stadium for the closing ceremony. Demolition of the old National Stadium was completed in May 2015, followed by the construction of the new stadium which began at the same site on 11 December 2016. The stadium was handed over to the IPC on 30 November 2019 for necessary games and ceremony preparations. Capacity during the Paralympic Games will be 60,102 taking into account press and executive seating areas.[5]


The announcers at all ceremonies were Mai Shoji (English) and Hiroyuki Sekino (Japanese).[6]

Antwerp Ceremony[edit]

The new Paralympic flag presented in 2019 was passed by the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike to IPC President Andrew Parsons who then handed the flag over to the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and waved the flag eight times. It was followed by the raising of the flag of France and the playing of its Anthem, which was performed in sign language by Betty Moutoumalaya.[7]

Presentation of Paris 2024[edit]

After the anthems, for about three minutes played to music by Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid), 126 dancers including 19 disabled people, performed choreography inspired by Sadek Belaba. Meanwhile, the dancers, sitting in black clothes, continued to express themselves by simply moving their arms, ending with "PARIS 2024" by putting atogether the capital letters that are the names of their next destinations.[8][9] Finally, hip-hop artist Prone performed with just his eyes after being diagnosed with ALS in 2015. Like in the Olympics closing ceremony held 28 days earlier, this was followed by a crowd at the Trocadéro that gathered with French Paralympic athletes who returned from Tokyo and Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet celebrating their achievements, concluding with a large purple Paris 2024 Paralympics flag flown onto the Eiffel Tower.[10][7]

Dignitaries in attendance[edit]



The #WeThe15 movement was showcased as part of the ceremony.[12]



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  2. ^ "Concepts for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies confirmed". www.insidethegames.biz. 22 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Opening and Closing Ceremonies". Tokyo 2020. Archived from the original on 24 August 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Search for past weather data Tokyo September 5, 2021 (hourly value)". JMA (in Japanese). Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  5. ^ "技術提案等審査委員会". www.jpnsport.go.jp.
  6. ^ "The voice of the Olympics and Paralympics heard around the world". Japan Today. 1 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Top moments from the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games". Tokyo 2020. 5 September 2021. Archived from the original on 7 September 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  8. ^ Louvet, Simon (6 September 2021). "VIDÉO. L'émouvante chorégraphie de Sadeck Waff pour les Jeux de Paris 2024". actuParis (in French). Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 13 September 2021. Avec 126 danseurs, dont 19 en situation de handicap, il a monté une chorégraphie d’environ trois minutes amenant les bras des artistes à former le mot Paris et la date 2024, avec pour bande son le morceau Prologue composé par Woodkid pour Paris 2024.
  9. ^ "Une chorégraphie Originale par Sadeck Waff". 5 September 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  10. ^ Houston, Michael (5 September 2021). "Tokyo 2020's "long journey" ends with emotional Paralympic Closing Ceremony". Inside The Games. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Paralympic Games: Marseillaise in sign language and inclusive shows on the program of the handover ceremony between Tokyo and Paris". JIBEOP.com. 5 September 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  12. ^ "'The Games weren't just historic, they were fantastic!': Tokyo says goodbye to the Paralympics, as it happened". www.abc.net.au. 5 September 2021.

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