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Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

17 April, 2018, 03:52 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • A representational image. Canada’s Alexander Moore wrestles with Jamaica’s Kevin Wallen in men’s FS 86Kg quarterfinal wrestling match at the Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast on 14 April 2018

Carrara Stadium was entered by the athletes until the broadcast began and spent all of their service masked in darkness like Beattie as well as several different dignitaries took to extend praise.

"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.

"I can't put into words how disappointed I am to have been missed off the start list due to an admin error", the 21-year-old wrote on Instagram.

Images of athletes that are joyous submitting behind their states' episodes are an attribute of closing ceremony broadcasts for a decades in Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Committee Chairman, Peter Beattie, has apologised for what he describes as a "stuff up", saying the speeches were "too many and too long" and that he should not have spoken at all.

There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare.

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"They have competed, they are exhausted, and the last thing they want is to stand in a field for one hour to get into a closing ceremony". "It shows that I have the class of a world class athlete to compose myself".

"They made the decision not to have athletes enter the stadium".

Channel 7 hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas couldn't hide their disappointment. I'm furious - [it's] actually wrecking a tradition that is so important. You want to see them jumping in front of camera. There's no athletes in here.

Large sections of seating were empty, while a number of athletes slipped away to the bar before the ceremony had reached its halfway point.

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