Commonwealth Games under fire for not showing athletes entering closing ceremony

CWG 2018 Boxing Mary Kom Gaurav Solanki win gold Amit Panghal Manish Kaushik bag silver

Viewers turned to social media to vent their frustration after organisers decided not to show the athletes and flagbearers enter Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast to the traditional chorus of cheers during the closing ceremony.

"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games", Griggs said, live on air.

Gold Coast Games 2018 witnessed the same number of men's and women's medal events taking place, making it a first time at a major multi-sport event.

In a later television interview, Beattie said "did we stuff it up? Yes. We made the decision to show it anyway at the back of the ceremony when we realised what a farce the Closing Ceremony was turning out to be".

"Having them come into the stadium in the pre-show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium, alongside flag bearers".

"What we were trying to do was to look after the athletes because they didn't come into the actual broadcast time, they would have been stuck in a field or paddock somewhere".

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

Griggs said she had never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony, while Zempilas noted that most of the athletes left during the ceremony. "I can't be more honest about it than that", he said.

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Sadly, in this case, it's highly unlikely you can seek a refund for the closing ceremony because of the terms and conditions set out by the Games on their website under section 60 and unless the event was cancelled, re-scheduled or significantly re-located, there's little chance of recourse.

"I'm sorry, you're being way too polite", Griggs told her co-host. "Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG", the PM added.

"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". They were way too long tonight.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Lousie Martin had defended its relevance at the start of the Games and its CEO David Grevemberg was asked about the legacy on the final day of competition.

Inexplicably, after being elected flag bearer at the closing ceremony, para-sports gold medallist Kurt Fearnley barely featured on our screens, despite it being the moment that all Aussies were waiting for following his T54 marathon victory. I wish we could have actually seen him as part of the program.

"I'm just as disappointed as anyone else", Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.

Women's table tennis team won its first ever gold medal in the games history.

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