While the closing ceremony at Rio was grand, what stole the show was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s show-stopping attire. Dressed up as Nintendo game character Super Mario, Abe was handed over the baton to host the 2020 Olympics.
As the ceremony drew to close, the Olympic flag was handed to the new governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike. After which a short video was played showing athletes performing on and around Tokyo landmarks and featured iconic Doraemon and other Japanese animation.
In the fast paced trailer, while athletes perform in Tokyo, Prime Minister Abe can be seen travelling in his car and saying that he won;t make it in time to Rio. Soon after which Super Mario appears, jumping and hopping through a green pipe. The clip then starts getting vivid, when green pipe appears in the middle of the Maracana Stadium.
Abe, who emerged from his Super Mario outfit in his usual get-up of a smartly tailored suit and tie, is getting mostly favorable commentary on his impersonation of the game character.
Dressed as plumber Mario unveils his attire, holding a red ball in his hands. Soon after his appearance, Twitter went abuzz with his stunt. Reports suggest that Olympic games in Tokyo are bound to go smooth in comparison to Rio. In fact, due to the small cameo featuring Mario, Nintendo shares saw an uplift on Monday. The stock jumped 3.5% in Tokyo, ahead of increasing in Nikkei index