Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie apologises for disastrous Closing Ceremony

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Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie apologises for disastrous Closing Ceremony

It was an event dominated by the host nation, with Australia winning no less than 80 golds, topping the medals table with 198 medals.

"This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast".

There were reports many began leaving the venue less than an hour into the event.

Channel 7 broadcasters Basil Zempilas and Johanna Griggs have absolutely roasted the Commonwealth Games organisers after a lacklustre closing ceremony.

While the Closing Ceremony and the Games were broadcast on Channel Seven, Griggs said that it wasn't the network's decision not to air athletes entering the village. I was part of that and I acknowledge it.

"The speeches, look we understand the dignitaries need to get their messages out their... but they were way too long tonight", he said.

"It is very simple. But it also needs to be legitimate sport and I think the performances here speak for themselves".

Organising committee chairman Peter 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.

The ceremony has been slammed for snubbing the athletes and denying them the recognition for their achievements during the 11 days of competition.

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Athletes, including the competing countries' respective flag-bearers, marched on to the arena before the ceremony commenced, meaning the audience at Carrara stadium could see them, but the TV audience couldn't.

"Our decision to bring them in early was right, but what we should have done though is have them parade as well".

'The buck stops with me.

Mr Beattie said he wanted to personally apologise to Australian flagbearer Kurt Fearnley. Koch said the athletes "are the star of the show".

The Gold Coast also has broken new ground with Women's Rugby Sevens, Beach Volleyball and Para Triathlon medals awarded for the first time, as part of the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history.

With the Indian Olympic Association saying it will henceforth educate national sports federations on doping matters, doctors being cleared with teams will also come under greater scrutiny, said sources. We missed out on all of that.

There were other exceptions as the relay teams got $9000 and $7000 for their silver and bronze medals respectively.

"I didn't even hear the closing ceremony was what it was this morning when I got here". "I am not interested in blaming anyone else".

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