Japan bid adieu to Paralympic Games with a glittering closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday. The ceremony began with a montage of shots of the Games, followed by music and dance performances. The concepts for the Closing Ceremony were “Harmonious Cacophony” and “Moving Forward”. The closing ceremony conveys that Tokyo is “A City Where Differences Shine”.
Ahead of the athlete parade, the Japanese national flag was brought into the venue and the national anthem of the country was played. It was followed by the parade led by flag bearers of different countries in Japanese alphabetic order. Shooter Avani Lekhara was the flag bearer of Indian contingent. The 19-year-old trailblazer had two podium finishes in Tokyo.
India wrapped up their campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics with the largest-ever haul of 19 medals, surpassing their previous best tally of four at the 2016 Rio Games. This year, the Indian contingent won five gold, eight silver and six bronze. While Lekhara won a gold in R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event and a bronze in 50metre Rifle 3 Position SH1, Javelin thrower Sumit Antil, shuttlers Pramod Bhagat, Krishna Nagar and shooter Manish Narwal bagged a yellow metal each.