Commonwealth Games Chief Admits They Utterly Screwed The Pooch Last Night

Mary Kom is one of the most prominent sportspersons in India and the first sitting member of Parliament to win a medal at a major event

Mary Kom is one of the most prominent sportspersons in India and the first sitting member of Parliament to win a medal at a major event

GOLDOC made the decision that the athletes would enter the arena during the pre-show, which is not broadcast.

Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers. "To be perfectly honest, Jo, so have we. No one really communicated anything", she said.

The chair of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has fully copped to mucking up the closing ceremony, pointing to several key factors that lead to widespread criticism.

In a later television interview, Beattie said "did we stuff it up? Yes. Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted.

"We're very proud of our women, and our men, but it was nice to see the women come out and perform well at these Games", Carver-Dias says.

"We got cued in in our earpieces and told "10 minutes to air, five minutes to air, two minutes to air okay, we're on air" and then the athletes were cued in".

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

Griggs said half the stadium had emptied during the ceremony and most of the athletes had already left.

"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".


The support for Para-athletes from the Gold Coast crowds has been vocal and wheelchair-bound local Kurt Fearnley said the backing he received winning silver in the wheelchair 1,500m "almost blew my head off".

Adeleye said work was in progress and that also meant the federation's plans were working out.

The minister for Sports, Solomon Dalung, was particularly impressed with the turnout of events and the improvement of the athletes that competed in the Commonwealth Games and the results they brought home.

The veteran presenter slammed the broadcasters coverage for not showing sport stars bearing flags as they entered the stadium for the final time. "You want to see them jumping in front of camera". We missed out on all of that.

The part of the closing ceremony that organisers chose to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im. He said: "We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow".

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony".

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

"This is just to show her that I love her".

Numerous athletes including Usain Bolt also departed the stadium early before the ceremony ended.

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