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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

As Paralympics end, Tokyo 2020 pins legacy hopes on Paris 2024

Games created memorable moments despite pandemic and scandals

Fireworks are seen during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan on Sept. 5. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- With Sunday night's closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games, Japan turned the page on a global sporting event that took place despite the COVID-19 pandemic, overwhelming public opposition and a string of scandals involving Olympic officials.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attended the closing ceremony in one of his final public appearances as Japan's head of government. Suga said Friday that he will step down this month. His government's insistence on pressing ahead with the quadrennial event amid the pandemic added to pressure for his resignation.

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