Athens, host-city of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said farewell to the greatest Sports competition for athletes with a disability. A Closing Ceremony was held at the Olympic Stadium of Athens (OAKA).
Due to the tragic road accident that claimed the lives of high school students who were traveling to Athens to attend the Paralympic Games, the Closing Ceremony only entailed the protocol segments required for the completion of the Games.
At the beginning of the Ceremony, a minute’s silence was observed and then the flags and the athletes of the participating Paralympic Committees entered the Olympic Stadium.
After the Greece’s and China’s national anthems were heard, the Athens Mayor, Dora BAKOYANNI, handed the Paralympic Games flag to the Vice Mayor of Beijing. The Paralympic flame was extinguished and the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games were completed.
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