Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

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Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

The event was criticised for letting the athletes into the stadium before the ceremony kicked off, effectively eliminating the traditional "entrance" that many viewers look forward to.

Griggs hit out at the host broadcasters for not including the athletes in the coverage. Of course. We got it wrong.

"I'm sorry, you're being way too polite", Griggs told her co-host.

The breaking of tradition meant that athletes were denied the spotlight and left out of the event, as their entry wasn't broadcast or shared with viewers.

Fearnley carries the flag for Australia.

The part of the closing ceremony that organisers chose to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im. The last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting for the closing ceremony.

Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas have joined a growing social media storm in panning the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony for excluding athletes.

Zempilas explained it was the decision of the host broadcaster to have the athletes in the stadium before the ceremony begun. "The people who have been critical are also justified", Beattie said.

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"We were concerned about the athletes' welfare", Beattie told Sunrise. We were driven by the welfare of athletes.

Despite having his shining moment marred as Australia's closing ceremony flag-bearer at his final games, the Paralympic champion took to twitter to quell the furore.

"They made the decision not to have the actual athletes enter the stadium, they made the decision not to show the flagbearers and I'm furious", Griggs said.
"Again, we got that wrong", he wrote.

Standing in front of an already empty stadium, Griggs and Zempilas wasted no time tearing strips off the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, labelling it "disappointing".

The highlight of the show, which was not universally liked and saw many people leaving the stadium midway, was a segment done by cricket legend Don Bradman's grand daughter Greta Bradman, who performed along with the members of the Queensland Ballet during the hand-over of the Games flag.

Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt plays the DJ decks during the closing ceremony. "I accept full responsibility for it", he said.

"We stuffed it up and I apologise to the viewers and the athletes".

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