|The Sochi Winter Games closes on Sunday night. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach hails the Olympics as "the athletes' Games". (Xinhua Photo)
SOCHI, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach declared close the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Sunday.
Bach said Russia "delivered all it promised" and the Sochi Games showed "face of a new Russia".
"There is no higher compliment than to say on behalf of all participants and on behalf of all of my fellow Olympic athletes - these were the athletes' Games," said the Olympic chief.
"I declare the 22nd Olympic Winter Games closed. In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble four years from now in Pyeongchang to celebrate with us the 23rd Olympic Winter Games."
Russia topped the medal standings, followed by Norway and Canada.
China was 12th.
The 2018 Winter Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.