Shizo Abe Dressed As Mario Highligts, The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics close in style on Sunday night with a ceremony featuring fireworks, dancing and sporting stars from the Games. As well as a closing ceremony, the event was also a hand over to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe even appeared as Nintendo character Mario to accept the passing of the sporting event
Japan might just have stolen the show at the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Sunday night, after its prime minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise appearance during the handover-dressed as Mario.
It’s traditional, at the end of each Olympics, for the departing host nation to give space for the next city to strut its stuff, and with Tokyo to host in 2020, people might have expected a spectacle, but not this.
Abe, the country’s buttoned-down and conservative leader, made his cameo in the Rio arena, appearing from one of the Mario games’ iconic green warp pipes, dressed in the blue overalls and red shirt and cap (though these quickly fell away to reveal a suit, presumably to maintain some shred of dignity for the leader of the country with the third-largest GDP in the world).
His surprise appearance came at the end of a two-minute video, which showed athletes competing in and around Tokyo landmarks, helped by a few of the country’s other famous pop-culture exports, including Pac-Man and Doraemon.