2020 Summer Olympics closing ceremony

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2020 Summer Olympics
closing ceremony
DateAugust 8, 2021 (2021-08-08)
Time20:00 - 23:00 JPT (UTC+9)
LocationTokyo, Japan
Filmed byThe Japan Consortium and OBS

The closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to take place in the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo on August 8, 2021.[1] As mandated by the Olympic Charter, the proceedings combined the formal ceremonial closing of this international sporting event (including closing speeches, hoisting of the flags, the parade of athletes and the handover of the Olympic flag) with an artistic spectacle to showcase the culture and history of the current and next host nation (France) for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Ticket prices for the Closing Ceremony will range between ¥12,000 and ¥300,000.[2]


The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) gave the first report of preparations in December 2017, with the release of the "Basic Policy" document for the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies.[3] The document was based upon feedback from experts and opinions of the Japanese public and includes the foundational elements for the positioning and overall concept of the four ceremonies. The Olympic closing ceremony is to develop the themes and concepts of the 4 ceremonies, including peace, coexistence, reconstruction, the future, Japan and Tokyo, the athletes and involvement,[4] as well as encouraging the audience to look forward to the Paralympic Games.

In July 2018, Mansai Nomura, an actor in traditional Japanese theater, was announced as the Chief Creative Director for the opening and closing ceremonies.[5][6] In December 2020, Normura stepped down from the role and becoming an advisor, with Hiroshi Sasaki named the new Chief Creative Director for Tokyo's ceremonies.[7] In March 2021, Sasaki resigned after making a derogatory comment about Japanese comedian and fashion icon Naomi Watanabe.[8][9] The reports came a month after Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, resigned over derogatory comments made about female members of the Committee.

Marco Balich of Balich Worldwide Shows, is the producer. He was involved as producer of the ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics, 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics, and has done other international ceremonies such as the 2019 Summer Universiade and the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima. In July 2019, he mentioned that his involvement will be in partnership with the Japanese advertising company Dentsu.[10] Dentsu's creative director for these ceremonies, Kaoru Sugano, resigned in January 2020 over harassment controversies.[11]


The New National Stadium will serve as the main stadium for the closing ceremony. Demolition of old National Stadium was completed in May 2015, then the construction of new stadium began at the same site on 11 December 2016. The stadium will be handed over to the IOC on 30 November 2019 for necessary games and ceremony preparations. Capacity during the Olympic Games will be 60,102 taking into account press and executive seating areas.[12]

Handover of the Olympic flag

The Antwerp Ceremony is a tradition which has been held at every closing ceremony since 1920. A special Olympic Flag will be passed by The Governor Of Tokyo Yuriko Koike to IOC President Thomas Bach who will then hand the flag over to the Mayor Of Paris Anne Hidalgo and wave the flag eight times. It will be followed by the raising of the flag of France and the playing of its Anthem.



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