2020 Tokyo Olympics Close Amid Protests
09:01 GMT 08.08.2021 (Updated: 09:56 GMT 08.08.2021)
The Games took place from 23 July to 8 August 2021 after Tokyo decided to postpone them for one year due to the COVID pandemic - the first time in the modern history of the Olympics that they were rescheduled. The final standings saw the American team winning the most gold medals, with China, Japan, the UK, and Russia joining them in the top 5.
Sputnik is live from Tokyo, where the 2020 Olympic Games closing ceremony is taking place. Only several guests are present at the event due to health concerns, as Japan is still suffering from a spike in the number of infected.
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At the same time, protests are set to be held in front of the Japanese Olympic Committee's headquarters, as demonstrators are criticising the decision to host the event, citing cost overruns and a COVID-19 surge.