Commonwealth Games under fire for not showing athletes entering closing ceremony

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Commonwealth Games under fire for not showing athletes entering closing ceremony

During the broadcast, Seven commentators Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas slated the bungled event, with Griggs visibly "furious" by the lack of athletes pouring in to be led by flag bearer Kurt Fearnley.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who actually spoke at the closing ceremony, also criticised the organisers on Monday.

"We can't be any more honest about it than that", he added. In an unusual move, the television rights-holders Channel Seven joined in the criticism, saying the ceremony "had not lived up to expectations". The 15-year-old Bhanwala became India's youngest gold medal victor at the Games, while the 16-year-old Bhaker continued her phenomenal run in major events.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes. We got that wrong", the Commonwealth Games chairman said.

"We're in the process of talking about these things and yes, we want to take the Commonwealth slightly further", she said, taking inspiration from swimming's Duel, which pitted the United States against Australia or Europe.

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

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

Performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im were included in the broadcast.

Beattie said the decision was made to limit the time athletes, many of whom were worn out from competition, had to wait outside the stadium. "Again, we got that wrong". They made the decision not to show the flag bearers.

Most importantly, it is a wake up call for all the senior pros. that they no longer can take their places in the national team for granted, as these youngsters are snapping at their heels and how. Beattie said he planned to apologize to Fearnley.

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Equally motivating, SA's other gold medals came from long jumper Luvo Manyonga, who famously beat a drug addiction to become a star athlete, long-standing swimmer Cameron van Burgh and weightlifter Martin Erasmus.

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

"I was one of hundreds of dancers and we had the most exhilarating experience and I'm gutted that Australia missed out on it", she said. Of course. We got it wrong.

"You want to see the athletes come and you want to see them jumping in front of a camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport".

"I was astounded, I honestly thought she was joking", Ms Bernetzke said. Many reportedly left early. "No one had any sporting obligations so we're together for the first time and we just run into anyone we can and start chatting about whatever", he told Fox Sports News.

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