Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

Commonwealth Games 2018 Day 11 Medals Tally Gold Coast – updates Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony
Shannon Reynolds | 17 April, 2018, 03:33

"I was lucky to win the second; we both had game points".

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement.

"I will engage in everyone when there is a real solid circumstances to blow up".

The part of the closing ceremony that organisers made a decision to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im. "I can't be more honest about it than that", Mr Beattie said.

"Again, we got that wrong".

They expressed their disappointment over the decision to leave the athletes' entrance out of the broadcast, saying it was not the decision of the network.

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.

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"It was (disappointing). There's been a bit of talk from the athletes", he told Fox Sports.

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony".

Beattie did the rounds on breakfast television saying he will contact Fearnley to apologise and taking full responsibility - rejecting criticism directed at the American producers of the ceremony, Jack Morton Worldwide.

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flag bearers", said Griggs.

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

"I'm furious. 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. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.

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