'We stuffed up': Comm Games organiser breaks silence on closing ceremony

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"Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted.

Waking up a gold-medallist on the Gold Coast, Knowles said the win was something, "he knew that he wanted, the team wanted and that Hockey and Australia wanted".

"I want to play my part to keep promoting inclusion after all the wonderful messages I've received because I definitely don't think of myself as disabled but as uniquely able".

Meanwhile, Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has warned that athletes would be forcibly removed from the country if they attempted to overstay their visas.

Images of athletes that are joyous submitting behind their states' episodes are an attribute of closing ceremony broadcasts for a decades in Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

"I think Australia have felt under pressure this whole tournament".

England, who were playing in their first Commonwealth Games final, sneaked into the gold-medal decider at Coomera Indoor Centre when Jo Harten sank the winning goal with two seconds left in Saturday's semi-final with Jamaica.

"I'm going to enjoy just not digging that extra little bit which I believe you have to if when you are going to race in the green and gold".

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Gold Coast and Australia bid farewell to thousands of athletes, officials and visitors from overseas with a glittering and emotional ceremony.

He was hopeful the finale did not detract from organisers' efforts to put on a successful Games. However, having them come in to the stadium in the pre-show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium.

"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games", Griggs said, live on air.

Robertson said it's incredible to see our athletes fight for and win medals at the pinnacle of their discipline.

Boston-based event organiser Jack Morton was tasked with both the opening and closing ceremony with a combined budget of $30 million. You want to see them jumping in front of camera. We missed out on all of that.

"It was such a magnificent Games, how can you stuff up the closing ceremony?" "I've never seen the stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony".

South Africa was the highest placed African team as they finished in the sixth position with 13 gold, 11 silver, 13 bronze medals.

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