Bahman Golbarnezhad died following a
crash in the men's C4-5 road race on Saturday. Story and photo courtesy of REUTERS
2016 Paralympic Games were brought to a close inside a packed Maracana Stadium
on Sunday evening.
Singers, dancers and fireworks lit up
the iconic stadium before tributes were paid to Iranian cyclist Bahman
Golbarnezhad, who died on Saturday.
Sir Philip Craven, International
Paralympic Committee president, said the movement was "united in
Referring to the success of the
Games, Craven said the Rio Paralympics were "uniquely Brazilian and
Britain finished the Games with 147
medals, 64 of which were gold. They were second behind China, who claimed 107
golds and 239 in total.
Craven thanked organisers, athletes
and spectators after passing the Paralympic flag to the governor of Tokyo,
which hosts the next Games in 2020.
Craven was also warmly applauded when
bestowing the Paralympic Order - his organisation's highest honour - on the
Standing alongside him, Carlos
Nuzman, the president of Rio's organising committee, was cheered when he
exclaimed: "Mission accomplished.
"The Brazil we love so much has
shown the world what it can do.
"This celebration started with a
dream. It was 20 years in the making. Many thought it was impossible. But not
for Rio and Brazil.
"The impossible happened. Brazilians never give