London 2012 closing ceremony: Olympics to be handed over to Rio


London: The Olympics will be handed over to 2016 host Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony will be held today (Sunday).

London closing ceremony:

As far as the today’s closing ceremony is concern, it will begin with a 20-minute cacophony of British music that reflects life in the capital, running from Elgar to Waterloo Sunset, and will evolve into what has been described as the ultimate aftershow party.

Kim Gavin, the closing ceremony director, said it would not be a traditional concert but neither would it have the multilayered narrative of Danny Boyle’s well-received opening ceremony.

“The real show is the Olympics, the sport. It’s always been a blessing to have this job of putting on an aftershow party after the main event. I want it to be fun, I want it to be colourful. I want it to be the best aftershow party there has ever been,” said Gavin.

About Rio 2016:

The host city of the Games will be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as announced at the 121st IOC Session (which is also the 13th Olympic Congress) held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 2, 2009.

They are scheduled to be held from August 5 to 21, 2016, making this the first Summer Olympiad to actually be held entirely during Winter, as the southern hemisphere winter ends on August 31st.

However, since Rio is inside the tropics this period will not see “typical” winter weather, while the term “winter” is inappropriate given that the tropics follow a wet and dry season.

The 2016 Summer Paralympics will be held in the same city and organized by the same committee, and are scheduled to be held from September 7 to 18. The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be the first held in South America, the third held in the southern hemisphere (the first outside of Australia), and the first Games in a Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country. Following the games, Africa will be the only inhabited continent to have never hosted an Olympic games.