WATCH: Japanese PM, dressed as Super Mario, steals the show at closing ceremony

August 22, 2016

by: Sid Ventura

The highlight of every Olympic closing ceremony is the symbolic handover from the outgoing host city to the next one, in this case, from Rio to 2020 host Tokyo.

When the governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike received the Olympic flag from the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, everyone pretty much assumed that was it.

A video presentation highlighting the best elements of Japanese pop culture followed, including a part about the popular video game Mario Brothers. And here’s where things got crazy.

Super Mario himself showed up at the Olympic Stadium, and when he removed his costume, it turned out to be none other than the Japanese prime minister himself, Shinzo Abe.

Tokyo has promised to make the 2020 Games the most innovative in history, and they got off to a good start. Watch the highlights here:

 

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