Canadian athletes take centre stage at Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony (PHOTOS)

Aug 8 2021, 1:46 pm

Canadian athletes took in Sunday’s Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony to conclude the Games, a year later than originally planned.

Soccer gold medallist Christine Sinclair shared a photo with a few of her teammates on stage.

Decathlete and gold medal winner Damian Warner carried the flag for Canada, after setting an Olympic record in a dominant performance in athletics’ harshest all-around test.

Much was made about Canada’s jean jacket ensemble, created by Hudson’s Bay.

The closing ceremony, of course, featured plenty of artistic light displays:

The next Olympic Summer Games are only three years away, taking place in Paris, France in 2024.

Meanwhile, the next Olympic Winter Games in Beijing are under a year away, in the shortest distance between two Olympics since switching to the biannual format in 1994.

Unfortunately, many of Canada’s top athletes — names like swimmers Penny Oleksiak or Maggie Mac Neil — weren’t able to attend the closing ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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The IOC mandated that all athletes must be out of the Olympic Village two days after their final competition, and thus many Canadian fan favourites had already returned home.

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