GOLDOC boss Beattie apologises for closing ceremony 'stuff-up'

GOLDOC boss Beattie apologises for closing ceremony 'stuff-up'

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

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

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

Angered by the Games' organisers' decision to largely exclude athletes from the televised celebration, Seven Network commentator Basil Zempilas echoed the views of the hundreds of disappointed viewers who took to social media to complain.

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

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flag bearers", said Griggs.

"For me, the Commonwealth Games were a stepping stone for worlds next year, and worlds are a stepping stone for the Olympics". The CWG 2018 medal tally, by the way, was two medals more than the previous edition 0f the Games in Glasgow in 2014 and the second best show by India in CWG outside India after the Manchester Games in 2002.

"At previous ceremonies athletes were herded around, they stand around, they hate it, they get bored, often they don't go", he said.

On plans to sustain the tempo of improvement in the nation's athletics, the ex-national athlete said: "Our next target is the African Senior Championships that will be held in Asaba, Nigeria.

He is undergoing further tests as a precaution and we all wish him a speedy recovery".

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"I am sure there are plenty of athletes and parents of athletes from all around the Commonwealth who would have loved to see their guys coming into the stadium and Peter Beattie saying they did get it wrong and, yeah, they did mate", Fearnley said.

The host city for the 2026 games is yet to be decided, with an election in 2019.

The Commonwealth Games have ended in unspectacular fashion, with viewers and athletes left in disbelief over the disastrous finish to a brilliant event on Sunday night.

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It got off to a horrendous start when Channel Seven elected to broadcast the end of "My Kitchen Rules" rather than showing the Aussie athletes walking out.

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

"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. "I wouldn't have come if I didn't have to", he 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. We got it wrong. You want to see them jumping in front of camera, ' she told viewers.

"If anyone finds me on a doubles court again, shoot me".

"I don't get why you're apologising Mr Beattie, because to be really honest you don't know what's going on behind the scenes of television production".

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