Tokyo governor accepts flag as 2016 Games end in Rio

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) gives the Olympic flag to Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.    (Fabrice COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) gives the Olympic flag to Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Fabrice COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO — The governor of Tokyo has formally accepted the Olympic flag, marking the end of the 2016 games.

The handover occurred toward the end of the closing ceremony on Sunday night.

With the Olympic anthem reverberating through Maracana Stadium, the flag was lowered. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro then gave the flag to the head of the International Olympic Committee, who handed it over to the Tokyo governor, Yuriko Koike. Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Games.

There’s widespread expectation that the games in Tokyo, one of the world’s richest, most recognizable, cosmopolitan cities, will run more smoothly than they have in Rio.

But there’s also worry in Japan over whether the Olympics will eventually further drag down an economy that has been struggling for decades.