"And the speeches ... they were way too long tonight".
"Did we stuff it up? Yes".
The fallout from the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony continues, with the broadly slammed event being revealed at costing an eye-watering $200,000 per minute. "The speeches, look we understand the dignitaries need to get their messages out there, including the Birmingham presentation", Zempilas said.
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.
The attraction of miles of sandy beaches and the bright blue Pacific Ocean that laps up to them can not have hurt some make up their minds to head to the Gold Coast, but there was also a sense on not wanting to miss out.
The amount of empty seats at the Closing Ceremony, which included an appearance from Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and a handover segment from Birmingham 2022, was also criticised.
Singer Guy Sebastian performs during the closing ceremony.
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Usually one or two dignitaries sharing a few words is more than adequate, but the closing ceremony had as many as seven different people give their thoughts, including Games chairman Peter Beattie, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham - the 2022 Commonwealth Games host city.
"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".
Mary Kom is one of the most prominent sportspersons in India and the first sitting member of Parliament to win a medal at a major event.
However, Mr Beattie told Sunrise that the reason for leaving the athletes out was based on the competitors' welfare.
The moments of pain and despair, the tears of joy and sorrow were set aside as athletes came together at the Carrara Stadium in celebration. We were driven by the welfare of athletes.
Australian athletes are convinced the noisy support has played a part in the host nation's utter dominance of the medals table, having won more golds than the second, third and fourth most successful nations combined by the end of day nine.
The Athletes walked into the Stadium in the pre-show of the Ceremony and before the spectacle was broadcast live.