CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins GOLD medal in Javelin Throw

CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins GOLD medal in Javelin Throw

Organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said the decision was made to limit the time athletes, many of whom were worn out from competition, had to wait outside the stadium.

Channel Seven host Johanna Griggs herself criticised the ceremony live on air.

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony", he said. "To be perfectly honest, Jo, so have we". In an unusual move, the television rights-holders Channel Seven joined in the criticism, saying the ceremony "had not lived up to expectations".

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie earlier stopped short of declaring the Games the best ever, but said they were "innovative" and "inspirational".

"But we made a mistake.that was clearly a stuff up".

"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".

Beattie accepted blame this morning admitting they "got it wrong" and the decision to not broadcast the athletes entering the stadium - including flag bearer Fearnley - was for their "welfare". Of course. We got it wrong.

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

Local media slammed organisers for taking the spotlight away from the athletes, and Australia's para-athlete flagbearer Kurt Fearnley said it was "pretty strange".

Jake Wightman Scotland
Scotland’s Jake Wightman celebrates a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m by wearing a tam o’ shanter and wig

"They made the decision not to show the flagbearers".

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 hope India's success at 2018 Commonwealth Games motivates more youngsters to pursue sports and creates larger awareness on the importance of fitness in everyone's lives", he said, adding: "On our part, we in the Government are doing everything possible to strengthen the FitIndia movement".

"While we can't promise you the sun, sand and sea of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, we can offer you youth, energy, creativity and a love of sport", she said.

"Truly if we want a Games that is representative of all the people across the Commonwealth, then our athletes need to be truly representative", said the American, a former senior executive at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Instead, it left a bitter taste in the mouths of (the very few) attendees, athletes and the 1.14 million people watching at home. They were way too long tonight.

But that didn't cut it for the media with a host of reporters turning on Commonwealth Games organisers following their dramatic failure.

"They made the decision not to have the actual athletes enter the stadium, they made the decision not to show the flag-bearers and I'm furious". "These Games have changed the conversation; changed the way we think about the Commonwealth, about the city of Gold Coast, about Queensland, about what it means to be a Commonwealth citizen and that's the start of a legacy", Grevemberg said.

With its top 3 placing at the 2018 Games, Canadian athletes offered up a variety of unbelievable performances, such as the 20 medals won in the pool, with Taylor Ruck tying the record for most medals at a Commonwealth Games (a total of 8).

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