Friday, 14 December, 2018

Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

Winning feeling Asha Philip Dina Asher-Smith Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen pose with their medal Winning feeling Asha Philip Dina Asher-Smith Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen pose with their medalPAUL CHILDS
Melinda Barton | 17 April, 2018, 02:02

There are also medals up for grabs in rugby sevens, badminton, basketball, netball and table tennis before the closing ceremony at Carrara Stadium.

Beattie, the Coast Games chair and former Queensland premier, told Channel 7 on Monday morning that the decision was made in consideration of "the welfare of athletes", so they would not have "to stand in a field for an hour" waiting to get into the stadium.

"Look, we understand many people have been disappointed by tonight's closing ceremony", Zempilas said at the conclusion of the ceremony. "To be perfectly honest, Jo, so have we".

The 2018 Commonwealth Games #GC2018 has come to a close, and this was India's third most successful Commonwealth Games event of all time.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

"On our part, we in the Government are doing everything possible to strengthen the #FitIndia movement", Modi said. "We just need to boost the profile of the Paralympics and get that showcased around the world a bit more".

"It's just awesome to the see the able-bodied and the paras coming together, we've all become friends, it's just been one big team-bonding experience", he said.

Beattie said organisers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong.

"But beyond medals, we got to finals in major events which we did not near in the last 10 years".

Performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im were included in the broadcast.

"We have a disability, we are different but we are athletes". He also said he wasn't interested in blaming anyone else for the mistake.

"But I think at this point at the Games, standing around really isn't the biggest concern given all the athletes had taken part in their events and they've competed".

The veteran presenter slammed the broadcasters coverage for not showing sport stars bearing flags as they entered the stadium for the final time.

The near-empty athlete's section of the stadium.

"Let's have this conversation on a greater level and let's make sure we can do something positive for what's happening right here", Fearnley said.

"I was one of hundreds of dancers and we had the most exhilarating experience and I'm gutted that Australia missed out on it", she said.

Taking a break from signing autographs for fans on the beach, 200m backstroke gold medallist Emily Seebohm said the ceremony ranked as the worst of her three Commonwealth Games and three Olympic campaigns.

"I think "woeful" would be very, very unkind - and, in fact, unnecessary - for the unbelievable performances that we have had". We weren't allowed to put it in the ceremony.

Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent".