Olympics closing ceremony brings an end to Tokyo 2020 Games

Source : 112 Ukraine

August 8, the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games takes place in Tokyo at 2 pm Kyiv time
14:01, 8 August 2021

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Athlete Lyudmyla Luzan will become the standard-bearer of the Ukrainian national team at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ukraine has received 19 awards at the 2020 Olympic Games - 1 gold, 6 silver, and 12 bronze medals.

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The 2020 Olympics has become the most unusual in its entire existence. The opening ceremony and all the competitions were held in empty stadiums: fans were not allowed to watch the games live, because a state of emergency was introduced in Tokyo due to the threat of an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection. In addition, the handshake was canceled and the hugs of the medals were won by the athletes themselves.

On July 17, the organizers reported the first case of coronavirus infection in the Olympic Village but assured that this person is not an athlete. Subsequently, it became known that two South African footballers received positive results from PCR tests. By the end of the competition, there were under 300 cases of coronavirus in the Olympic settlement.

Not without scandals: first, on the website of the 2020 Olympics, Crimea was separated from Ukraine by a border. The organizers subsequently corrected themselves and removed the line separating the peninsula.

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Then there were also doping scandals: first, the Ukrainian gymnast Oleh Vernyaev reported a positive test for meldonium. He will appeal the committee's decision in court. Also, Ukrainian triathlete Yulia Yelistratova was suspended from participation in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Anti-Doping Committee found erythropoietin in the body of a Ukrainian woman. Subsequently, the higher authorities suspended three Ukrainian athletes from participating in the Olympics due to an insufficient number of doping tests.

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The situation with the Belarusian athlete became a real scandal. The Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund said that they were trying to take Kristina Timanovskaya out of Tokyo by force. The athlete urgently bought tickets and took her things to the airport. A possible recording of the athlete's conversation with two members of the Belarusian delegation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo has been published online. During the conversation, sports officials called her act "stupid" and urged her not to comment on this situation upon her arrival in the Republic. According to a representative of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund, the runner has already applied for political asylum in Poland.

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