Here's Why Everyone Is Furious About The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Here's Why Everyone Is Furious About The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

The athletes entered Carrara Stadium before the television broadcast and were rarely shown to TV audiences as they stood in darkness on the fringe of the stage.

Angered by the Games' organisers' decision to largely exclude athletes from the televised celebration, Seven Network commentator Basil Zempilas echoed the views of the hundreds of disappointed viewers who took to social media to complain.

Sunrise's David Koch called Mr Beattie out over the excuse of considering the "welfare of athletes", with previous closing ceremonies always featuring the athletes.

Closing ceremonies of Olympic and Commonwealth Games are usually much more relaxed than formal openings, focusing on the athletes and celebrating their achievements.

"But we made a mistake.that was clearly a stuff up. The speeches, look we understand the dignitaries need to get their messages out there, including the Birmingham presentation", Zempilas said. "If we can get such results in our first worldwide appearance, it means we can do more", he said. In both, the Gold Coast and the people of Australia have been wonderful hosts and have generated a fantastic atmosphere from the start of the Queen's Baton Relay to this, the closing ceremony. The Indian men, who had won silver in the last two editions, did not really get going apart from the final group game against England when they pumped in two goals in the last three minutes to top their pool.

Performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im were included in the broadcast. I've got to point out they were shot by the one Seven news camera that we're allowed to put down on the field to capture news footage for tomorrow.

"They made the decision not to show the flagbearers".

NZ's Troy Garton left and Anja Stridsman of Australia exchange blows
GETTY IMAGES NZ's Troy Garton left and Anja Stridsman of Australia exchange blows

"The speeches were too many and too long".

Griggs said: "People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the athletes flag bearer Kurt Fearnley and other flag bearers from other nations coming in. I am sorry, and if I get a chance, I will apologise to kurt this morning". To be brutally honest, most of the athletes left during the ceremony.

"But you know, it is what it is and they tried something different and unfortunately it didn't pay off".

"We're becoming more relevant than we've ever been before and what we're trying to do is ensure that everybody else in the world sees exactly what we're trying to do", she said in an interview.

"I did go. It was a little disappointing with the athletes being brought in before the actual ceremony began", he said.

"I was astounded, I honestly thought she was joking", Ms Bernetzke said. We missed out on all of that.

"It's just unbelievable to the see the able-bodied and the paras coming together, we've all become friends, it's just been one big team-bonding experience", he said.


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