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IOC President Thomas Bach declares Tokyo Olympic Games closed

He also called on the youth of the world to gather in Paris in three years
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach REUTERS/Dan Mullan
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach
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TOKYO, August 8. /TASS/. President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has declared the 2020 Olympic Summer Games closed.

He also called on the youth of the world to gather in Paris in three years.

The closing ceremony of the 32nd Olympic Games is being held at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo without spectators.

As many as 339 sets of medals were contested during the Games. The overall medal standings are topped by the United States’ team, which boasts 39 gold, 41 silver and 33 bronze medals. It is followed by China’s team (38-32-18) and Japan’s team (27-14-17). Next is the British team (22-21-22). Russia is fifth, with 20 gold, 28 silver, and 23 bronze medals.

The Olympic Games in Tokyo were initially scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020 but were postponed for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Games ran from July 23 through August 8. Amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the organizers decided that the Games would be held without foreign fans and local spectators would not be allowed to attend Olympics events in six Japanese prefectures, including Tokyo.

It was the forth Olympic Games hosted by Japan. Previously, it hosted two Winter Games - in Sapporo in 1972 and in Nagano in 1998, and Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964.