Peter Beattie apologises for Commonwealth Games closing ceremony 'stuff up'
16 April, 2018, 09:14 | Author: Sherman Richardson
Following outrage from viewers and even the Channel Seven broadcasters, chairman Peter Beattie apologised for the "stuff up" on Monday morning claiming the decision was driven by athlete welfare.
Organisers chose to go against tradition and bring in the athletes before the ceremony started, meaning TV crews weren't able to snap shots of the Australian squad arriving at Carrara Stadium, along with flag bearer Kurt Fearnley.
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"But beyond medals, we got to finals in major events which we did not near in the last 10 years. I can't be more honest about it than that", he told Sunrise.
Channel Seven's commentators said athletes were denied the spotlight.
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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.
The Australian singer went on to explain how grateful she was to perform alongside other successful names in the music biz. Here they also noted the games' reconciliation action plan with Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You want to see the athletes coming in, you want to see them jumping in front of the camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.
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Therefore, Seven was unable to broadcast the athletes entry and instead they were seen to be standing on the outskirts in dark.
He also took to Twitter to explain the decisions of the event organisers. They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium. We were driven by the welfare of athletes.
"The athletes would not have enjoyed last night".
Beattie said organisers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong.
Boomers athlete Angus Brandt said many athletes felt a little "left out". The ceremony was also criticised for "self indulgent" speeches by dignitaries.
Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt plays the DJ decks during the closing ceremony.
Canadian flag-bearer Erica Wiebe was positive on social media.
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