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    Athletes parade during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016.

    2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony Begins in Rio (VIDEO)

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    The closing ceremony of 2016 Rio Olympics began Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil with a countdown to the end of the Games.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) — The ceremony kicked off at 8 p.m. local time (23:00GMT) with a performance of dancers and drummers, and will end when the Olympic flame, the symbol of the games, is extinguished.

    The showdown will involve thousands of athletes from around the world who are expected to parade across the legendary sports arena.

    ​At the end of the ceremony, the Olympic flag will be handed over to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. The Japanese capital is due to host the next edition of the Summer Games in 2020.

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