Festivities, solemn tribute highlight Paralympics closing ceremony
Celebration of Games' conclusion tinged by death of Iranian cyclist
Surrounded by her fellow Paralympians, para-swimming star Aurélie Rivard marched into the Maracana Stadium as Canada's flag-bearer. The closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games included a celebration of Brazilian music, the official transition to the 2020 Games in Tokyo as well as a tribute to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died after a crash on Saturday.
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The fireworks go off and that's a wrap for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paralympics?src=hash">#Paralympics</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a>. Thanks for watching! <a href="https://t.co/eePi9dNR9X">https://t.co/eePi9dNR9X</a>—@CBCOlympics
9:20 p.m. ET: And with the extinguishing of the Paralympic flame, the 2016 Rio Games have officially concluded.
Rio is no longer lit as the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paralympics?src=hash">#Paralympics</a> flame is extinguished <a href="https://t.co/OTm1mRTirN">https://t.co/OTm1mRTirN</a>—@CBCOlympics
8:30 p.m. ET: Before beginning his speech, Rio organizing committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman extended his condolences to the family and teammates of Bahman Golbarnezhad, the Iranian cyclist who died Saturday after a crash.
Later, International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven called for a moment of silence.
Craven also bestowed a prestigious award on the citizens of Rio de Janeiro.
Sir Philip Craven announces that he will award Rio the Paralympic Order - the highest honor- for the outstanding support of the <a href="https://twitter.com/Paralympics">@Paralympics</a>—@Rio2016_en
8:15 p.m. ET: The closing ceremony acts as the transition to the next Summer Games. First, the Paralympic flag was lowered, then passed from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to IPC president Sir Philip Craven and finally to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
8:05 p.m. ET: The United States' Tatyana McFadden and independent athlete Ibrahim Al Hussein received the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award for best exemplifying the spirit and values of the Games.
Ibrahim Al Hussein and Tatyana McFadden receive an award for best exemplifying the spirit of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paralympics?src=hash">#Paralympics</a> <a href="https://t.co/CQZNfA1DR8">https://t.co/CQZNfA1DR8</a>—@CBCOlympics
7:55 p.m. ET: As the closing ceremony continues in Rio de Janeiro, take a look at CBC Sports' tribute to the Cariocas, the citizens of the Olympic and Paralympic host city.
7:15 p.m. ET: Aurélie Rivard makes her way into the Maracana with the Canadian flag. Rivard won four medals — including three gold — in the pool over the course of the Games while smashing world records in the 50- and 400-metre freestyle S10 and setting a new Paralympic record in the 100 free.
Aurelie Rivard is so fast, you might've missed her marching with Canada's flag. Don't worry we got you covered <a href="https://t.co/Bm66OwTWBd">https://t.co/Bm66OwTWBd</a>—@CBCOlympics
7:05 p.m. ET: The ceremony began with a flash of colours to coincide with a trio of Brazilian guitarists — including Jonathan Bastos who plays with his feet — highlighting the diverse array of music in the country.
The games may be over, but the impressive 'feets' continue <a href="https://t.co/E0DfMk4B2g">https://t.co/E0DfMk4B2g</a> <a href="https://t.co/COLfhYPJmS">https://t.co/COLfhYPJmS</a>—@CBCOlympics
6:50 p.m. ET: With the athletes and guests already seated, the closing ceremony is about to begin.
Athletes are gathered in their seats and the Closing Ceremony is about to begin! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paralympics?src=hash">#Paralympics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> <a href="https://t.co/FEVzUd3ccN">pic.twitter.com/FEVzUd3ccN</a>—@Paralympics
6:45 p.m. ET: The athletes are getting ready for the start of the closing ceremony, including Paralympic power couple Brent Lakatos and Stef Reid. Reid is a British Paralympian who won bronze in the women's long jump T44, while Lakatos earned four medals, including one gold, in Rio.
Closing Ceremony time <a href="https://t.co/AG8DywPNEJ">pic.twitter.com/AG8DywPNEJ</a>—@BrentLak