Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games come to end

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games come to end

The organizers of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have apologised for Sunday's closing ceremony on Sunday night which has been roundly criticised for not including athletes.

The ceremony has been slammed for snubbing the athletes and denying them the recognition for their achievements during the 11 days of competition.

Beattie said they "got it wrong" and that athletes should have been part of the ceremony.

"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. We stuffed it up and I apologize to the viewers and the athletes".

At Sport Bay of Plenty, we focus on all aspects of community sport and recreation and ways to get people active - and events such as the Commonwealth Games provide wonderful inspiration to the communities we work in. Of course, they should have been.

Taking to Twitter, Beattie also admitted several of the speeches presented at the ceremony were needlessly long.

'These athletes. were part of a team that had a training camp in Warwick before getting to [the] Gold Coast, ' he said in a statement last week.

With 26 gold medals, India has finished at number three at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) which concludes today at Gold Coast in Australia.

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As co-hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas explained to viewers, Channel 7 only has the rights to broadcast the footage the organisers give them, and the organisers didn't think to include the athletes in that footage. They made the decision not to show the flag bearers.

A satisfied Quadri said: "Not the result that I wanted but I am still very satisfied with my performance and silver is better than bronze".

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who actually spoke at the closing ceremony, also criticised the organisers on Monday.

"With over half the athletes scheduled to depart the Gold Coast tomorrow, it is understandable that large numbers of athletes chose to depart the ceremony early, to prepare for their journey or attend their own team celebrations", it 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.

India's highest-ever haul came at home when it hosted the Games in 2010 in New Delhi, with the Indian athletes crossing the century mark. I was part of that and I acknowledge it.

"I've never seen the stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony".

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