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IOC chief Thomas Bach declares Tokyo 2020 Olympics closed

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Sunday declared the Tokyo 2020 Olympics closed after a year of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In these difficult times we are all living through, you give the world the most precious of gifts: hope,” the International Olympic Committee president told athletes at the closing ceremony.

“And now I have to mark the end of this most challenging Olympic journey to Tokyo: I declare the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Olympic flag was handed over to Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris - the host city of the 2024 Summer Games, by IOC chief Thomas Bach at the Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony.

Here's what happened during the closing ceremony.

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