Commonwealth Games closing ceremony slammed on social media

  • Commonwealth Games closing ceremony slammed on social media

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony slammed on social media

As Canadian athletes marched through Carrara Stadium on Australia's Gold Coast during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, they were no doubt reflecting on their experience here, as well as what they learned about what they're capable of.

Of the nine world records set, the majority were in Paralympic events with the most prestigious coming in the pool in women's 4x100m freestyle relay.

Kyron McMaster brought some well-needed joy to the British Virgin Islands by winning its first Commonwealth Games medal in the 400 meters hurdles just six months after Hurricane Irma devastated the tiny nation and killed his coach.

Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers.

Mr Beattie tweeted an apology on Monday morning.

'The speeches were too many and too long.

Beattie also acknowledged that the formal part of the proceedings was excessive.

"But beyond medals, we got to finals in major events which we did not near in the last 10 years".

"It is very simple. But it also needs to be legitimate sport and I think the performances here speak for themselves".

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the closing ceremony". "People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag-bearer, Kurt Fearnley or other flagbearers".

Mr Beattie responded by admitting the organisers "got it wrong", but came up with a freakish justification of the decision.

Therefore, Seven was unable to broadcast the athletes entry and instead they were seen to be standing on the outskirts in dark.

"Congratulations Gold Coast, congratulations Queensland and congratulations Australia", Martin said before the flag lowering ceremony. "I understand that and frankly the buck stops with me on that".

"It's very hard", said Kom, reflecting on returning to the boxing ring after the birth of her youngest child.

She said that 49 athletes from RSPB participated in the CWG 2018 Games in disciplines like weightlifting, wrestling, hockey, athletics, basketball and gymnastics.

That decision meant TV viewers didn't witness the triumphant flagbearing moment of Kurt Fearnley, Australia's wheelchair marathon gold medallist. Neeraj Chopra became the first javelin thrower from India to win a gold at the Games, while Mary Kom also won a medal of the same colour in her first (and probably last) CWG.

"Athletes, 11 days ago I asked you to grasp this opportunity and create your own history and fulfil your dreams. We missed out on all of that".

Australians took to social media in large numbers to criticise the ceremony.

This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast.

Many told the ABC outside the stadium that there had been too many empty seats during the ceremony.