Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony has been criticised as underwhelming, with Seven Network presenters slamming organisers for not providing vision of athletes entering Carrara Stadium.

"Organizers were confounded by local media to taking the spotlight away in Australia, also the athletes's flag-bearer Kurt Fearnley claimed it was &ldquo odd".

He said: "It's been a long week, very long but at the end of the week now I'm a gold medalist with the guys and I'm really happy I was a part of it". "They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium".

There were plenty of empty seats at Carrara Stadium for the closing ceremony of the Commonweath Games on Sunday night.

Beattie claimed organizers were meant to spare athletes before going into the place a very long wait but'd the broadcasting choice wrong.

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.

"This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven, given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort".

Channel 7 hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas couldn't hide their disappointment.

"I'm furious. They're actually, wrecking a tradition that is so important".

Swimming medallist Ellie Cole, who lost her right leg to a rare cancer, said the reach of TV and fans watching was transforming because she was never able to see para-athletes compete to have early role models. They did see that moment. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport. There's no athletes in here.

"I got to carry that flag around, and thankfully my mum and my sister were in the stadium".

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