Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony – everything you need to know

The Olympics are set to end on Sunday with the iconic closing ceremony – though as with everything about the Tokyo 2020 Games, the COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact.

Here’s everything you need to know about when the ceremony will be, what will happen, and where you can follow the events.

Australian athletes will say a final farewell to the Games on August 8. (Getty)

When do the Olympics end?

The final day of the Olympics is on Sunday, August 8.

There will be a range of events during the day, including finals for water polo, volleyball, boxing and marathon.

The opening ceremony itself will start at 8pm Tokyo time, which is 9pm (AEST), at the Olympic Stadium.

Pool acrobatics on show in Tokyo

Will there be spectators allowed?

Just like at the opening ceremony, no fans will be allowed to attend due to the strenuous COVID-19 restrictions.

However, dignitaries and officials will be present, as well as those athletes remaining in Tokyo.

Much of the event has been pre-recorded, though there will be some live moments.

Like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony will have no spectators. (dpa/picture alliance via Getty I)

What happens during the ceremony?

The theme of the closing ceremony will be “worlds we share”, which organisers said expressed the idea that everybody inhabited their own world.

Athletes traditionally enter the arena for a parade after the entry of each nation’s flags.

A final medal ceremony is usually held for one of the events of the last day.

In the 2016 Games in Rio, it was for the marathon.

One key part of the closing ceremony is the Antwerp ceremony – the handing over of the Olympic flag to the next host nation.

It is raised to the sounds of the Greek national anthem, as an acknowledgement of the Games’ ancient origins.

A ceremonial handover of the Olympic flag will take place. (dpa/picture alliance via Getty I)

Afterwards, the flag is lowered, and the chief official representing the host city hands it over to the head of the IOC, who then passes the flag to the chief official representing the next host city – in this case, Paris.

While the opening ceremony’s artistic segment was designed to display Japan’s culture and society, at the closing ceremony the artistic segment will do the same for France.

The final key element of the closing ceremony is, of course, the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

Where can I keep up with it on the night?

The Wide World of Sports live blog will be covering every moment.

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