Games: GOLDOC boss Beattie apologizes for closing ceremony 'stuff-up'

Get live updates of 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast here. Tejaswini Sawant right of India and fellow countrywoman Anjum Moudgil led an Indian 1-2 in the women's 50m Rifle 3P shooting event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Friday

I had only a short 20min window to get a selection of images and this was the one that worked best with four players all contesting the ball after a rebound off the edge of the net.

The Commonwealth Games closing ceremony was savaged by damn near everyone last night after a controversial decision by the event's organisers not to broadcast the entrance of the competing athletes. But I just wish we could have had that moment.

"We were driven by the welfare of athletes".

More bad was the revoking of the Games accreditation of two athletes - V. Rakesh Babu and K.T. Irfan - for infringement of the no-needle policy of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

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

"But we made a mistake.that was clearly a stuff up". Beattie said he planned to apologize to Fearnley.

Channel Seven's own commentators, Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas, launched into an extraordinary attack on the ceremony immediately after it finished, saying they were "furious". "And, to be honest, so have we".

Griggs, herself a former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, didn't hold back. "It's about the only thing they got wrong but they did get it wrong tonight".

I looked through my camera and committed to her with a couple of hurdles to go, crossing the line with a huge celebration that worked out well facing my direction towards athletes and spectators behind me.

"People are thinking Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fernley or other nation's flag bearers coming in".

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"Should they have been part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?"

"The messages I really love have come from parents of kids with disabilities who say their child has just lost a leg to cancer and they want to be like me because they see us on TV, because I never had para-athletes I could watch", Cole said.

"Am I watching the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony or Australian Idol?"

Viewers expressed their anger on social media.

Large sections of seating were empty, while a number of athletes slipped away to the bar before the ceremony had reached its halfway point.

"The speeches were too many and too long".

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie admitted in the aftermath of the event, which saw most of the athletes leave before the ceremony had finished, that it was a "stuff up" and organisers "got it wrong".

With 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals, this was India's third best finish in CWG history after 2010 Delhi edition (101 medals) and the 2002 Manchester edition (69).

Hosts Australia topped the medals table with 80 gold medals, 59 silver and 59 bronze for a total of 198 medals.

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