Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Congratulations to NZ's Commonwealth Games team

Congratulations to NZ's Commonwealth Games team

Star boxer MC Mary Kom started India's medal rush on day 10 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia as she beat Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the women's 45-48 kg category on Saturday. HAHA! Massive thank you to the Commonwealth Games for having me play such a huge part in both the Opening & Closing Ceremonies in my home town - it was such a huge honour!

Fearnley, who won gold in the men's wheelchair marathon, received a rousing ovation as he led the Australian team into the stadium on Sunday. "Yes we did stuff it up", he said.

During the Sunday night broadcast, Griggs slammed organisers and host broadcaster NEP Group Inc for choosing "not to show" the flag bearers and athletes. "The mistake is we didn't include them in the actual broadcast".

"The speeches were too many and too long". I was part of that and I acknowledge it.

"Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG", he said.

'I have spoken, I have communicated sufficiently on this and the issue is now in the hands of the Australian Government, especially the Australian police. "I should not have spoken".

In a series of Twitter posts Monday, Beattie said the ceremony had not worked out as organizers planned.

NO OLYMPIC INTEGRATION From a handful of exhibition wheelchair races in Victoria in 1994, the Paralympic element of the Commonwealth Games has grown to 38 medals in seven sports on the Gold Coast.

The host broadcaster of the CWG, NEP Group, also released a social media post saying it was "disappointed". They made the decision not to have athletes enter the stadium. "I can't be more honest about it than that", Beattie said in an interview on the Sunrise morning news show. I'm furious - [it's] actually wrecking a tradition that is so important. "It is also time to begin to invest in our athletes if we want to do well in sports". You want to see them jumping in front of camera.

"We missed out on all of that".

The amount of empty seats at the Closing Ceremony, which included an appearance from Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and a handover segment from Birmingham 2022, was also criticised.

He shed more light on the topnotch features of the country's participation and reinforcements put in place to encourage the athletes and boost their confidence in the Games and the country.

Hosts Australia, were the overall winners at this year's games after amassing 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze to bring their medals total to 198.

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