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Mayor of Rio booed during handoff to Japan
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes waves the Olympic flag next to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

One recurring feature of the the Closing Ceremonies is the handoff of the Games from the current host city to the next one. When that time came during Sunday’s event, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, was met with noticeable booing.

Paes was on hand to pass the Olympics on to Tokyo, the host of the 2020 Summer Games (the Winter Olympics have their own chain of custody). His reception was a reminder that while Rio’s Games seem to have run more smoothly than many had anticipated — give or take a certain swimmer’s tales of robbery at gunpoint — many residents of that city are still unhappy about the resources devoted to a sports event when there are so many other urgent needs.

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