The Olympic Games Closing Ceremony occurs after all athletic events have been completed. Each country's flag bearers enter the stadium. In their wake, there is a group of athletes who do not have any national distinctions. During the ceremony, three national flags are raised and the national anthems are played.

First is the Greek flag that honors Athens, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, followed by the flag of the country that has been the host of that edition of the Olympic Games. In addition, the flag of the country that will host the next Summer or Winter Olympic Games is also flown.  Presidents of the organizing committee and the IOC deliver their concluding remarks before the ceremony ends. At that moment, it is official that the Olympics are over and the Olympic flame has been extinguished.

It is known as the Antwerp Ceremony since it began in Antwerp. The mayor of Antwerp presents a special Olympic flag to the president of the IOC during this ceremony. A copy of the letter is given to the mayor of the city that will host the next Olympic Games by the president. This is followed by a brief introduction by the next host nation, which includes dance and theatrical performances that showcase its culture and heritage.

When is the closing ceremony for the Olympics?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have officially been taking place since Friday, July 23, will come to an end on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Because of the coronavirus epidemic, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games had been delayed by 12 months. Only one edition was only delayed once throughout the Olympics' 124-year existence.

Records have been broken and new champions have been made throughout the 17-day Tokyo Olympics. The closing ceremony will be different this year because of the coronavirus epidemic that is still sweeping over Japan and the rest of the world.

Volleyball, boxing, and the men's marathon will conclude the Olympic Games on August 8. At the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics, the men's water polo final will take place. The closing ceremony will take place in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium once the last goal is scored and the winner is selected.

How long is the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games?

It is scheduled to begin at 7:00 AM (ET) on Sunday, August 8, and last for around three hours. The Closing Ceremony of the Summer Olympics 2021 in Tokyo, Japan will be broadcasted on NBC,, fuboTV in the United States.

Fans are prohibited from attending the closing ceremony, just as they were prohibited from attending the opening ceremony due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Officials and athletes who are still in Tokyo will attend the event, though. There will be some live moments during the event, even if many of the events have been pre-recorded.

According to the Tokyo Olympic organizers, the theme of the closing ceremony is "World We Share." Once the 2021 Olympics wrap up, the focus will turn to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games and 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.