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Paralympic games end with a tribute to the Iranian cyclist.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have come to a close inside a packed Maracana Stadium. Singers, dancers and fireworks lit up the iconic stadium before tributes were paid to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died on Saturday.


President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven said the movement was "united in grief". Referring to the success of the Games, Craven said the Rio Paralympics were "uniquely Brazilian and wondrous".

Craven had earlier passed the Paralympic flag between the mayor of Rio and governor of Tokyo, the Japanese capital city where the next Games will be held in 2020. His speech thanked organizers, athletes and spectators and he was warmly applauded when bestowing the Paralympic Order on the Brazilian city, his organization's highest honour.

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