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"Festival of Flame" send-off party bids farewell to Paralympics

09-10-2012 14:14 BJT Special Report:2012 Paralympic Games |

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The curtain came down on the London 2012 Paralympic Games overnight with a closing ceremony themed "festival of the flame". The two-and-half-an-hour spectacular wowed the 80-thousand strong crowd as well as television audiences around the world.

Athletes from 164 countries paraded around the arena before the show began. Irish runner Michael McKillop and Kenyan thrower Mary Zakayo, were named as the athletes who best exemplified the spirit of the games.

The curtain came down on the London 2012 Paralympic Games overnight with a closing ceremony
themed "festival of the flame".

The evening not only paid tribute to the athletes, but also thanked the 70-thousand volunteers whose enthusiasm and dedication contributed to the success of London 2012. Flowers were presented to volunteer representatives.

As tradition dictates, the Paralympic flag was presented to the next host city. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnsnon, passing the flag to the President of the International Paralympic Committee, Philip Craven, who entrusted it to Eduardo Paes, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.

As the cauldron opened and the flame began to fade, two gold medallists from the host nation arrived carrying torches. The paralympians lit their torches from the dying flame and proceeded to light numerous others - symbolising the eternal nature of the Flame living on among each and every one of us and a fitting finale to the 2012 Paralympics.

The curtain came down on the London 2012 Paralympic Games overnight with a closing ceremony
themed "festival of the flame".

The curtain came down on the London 2012 Paralympic Games overnight with a closing ceremony
themed "festival of the flame".

The curtain came down on the London 2012 Paralympic Games overnight with a closing ceremony
themed "festival of the flame".

 

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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