Photo taken on Sept.5,2021 shows the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo,Japan.(Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)
The 12-day Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has come to a successful end with IPC president Andrew Parsons hailing it"historic"and"fantastic."China tops the medal tally for the fifth time in a row with 207 medals.
TOKYO,Sept.5(Xinhua)--Under the concept of"Harmonious Cacophony,"the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games closed on Sunday in celebration of a peaceful and inspirational grand finale amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately 2,000 athletes and team officials of 162 participating National Paralympic Committees,along with 850 Games stakeholders and guests of honor,and 2,250 media personnel attended the closing ceremony at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium.
Flagbearers enter the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo,Japan,Sept.5,2021.(Xinhua/Zhu Wei)
President of the International Paralympic Committee(IPC)Andrew Parsons declared the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games closed as he believed the Tokyo Paralympic Games have"not just been historic,they have been fantastic."
"After eight remarkable years,I cannot believe our time is almost done,"Parsons said."What a journey.What sport.What a Games.What more can I say than arigato,Tokyo."
"Together,against the odds,we did it."
"In 12 magical days,athletes gave the world confidence,happiness and hope,"the IPC chief added."Athletes broke records.Athletes warmed hearts.Athletes opened minds.Athletes changed lives."
Japanese Crown Prince Akishino also attended the ceremony.
Zhang Xuemei(front),flagbearer of the Paralympic delegation of China,enters the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo,Japan,Sept.5,2021.(Xinhua/Hu Huhu)
Anas Al Khalifa of the Paralympic Refugee Team led the parade with the IPC flag,as cast members entered the field from the other side of the stadium carrying symbols representing Tokyo.
Zhang Xuemei,who won the silver with the Chinese women's wheelchair basketball team,served as Team China's flagbearer at the ceremony.
Together with the flagbearers,the city of Tokyo which has appeared on the field is completed and turned into a"City Where Differences Shine."
Photo taken on Sept.5,2021 shows the performance during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo,Japan.(Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)