Commonwealth Games closing ceremony cost revealed

Commonwealth Games closing ceremony cost revealed

The chair of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has fully copped to mucking up the closing ceremony, pointing to several key factors that lead to widespread criticism. They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium.

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

"He wondered what we were doing to get such result".

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

"So far, they have not disappointed us though we had one or two errors that had been corrected so that others won't fall victim again", he said.

Athletes from 71 countries and territories participated in the 21 Commonwealth Games held over a period of 11 days featuring 275 events in 19 sports. Of course, they should have been.

"We made a mistake", he said, and claimed the organising committee didn't want exhausted athletes to have to stand outside for ages waiting to come in. Considering the way the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG 2018) were dominated by Australia - which ended with 198 medals - four less than the combined tally of the next two (England 136 and India 66), the question will continue to be asked in the near future.

However the closing ceremony has been widely criticised as underwhelming, with Seven Network presenters slamming organisers for not providing vision of athletes entering Carrara Stadium.

I was captivated from the start when Sophie Pascoe was selected as our flag bearer.

Prior to the Gold Coast closing ceremony all rights holders, including Channel Seven, were given a minute-by-minute briefing on Saturday morning detailing how the closing ceremony would unfold - complete with a 34-page media guide. I was part of that and I acknowledge it. Twitter is where live sport happens, and through the games, fans on the platform supported the Indian athletes in real-time.

Channel Seven's commentators said athletes were denied the spotlight.

Games organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said as things stood, none of the athletes had breached Australian law.

Zempilas and Griggs apologised to the viewers for their frustration, and went on to dress down the host broadcaster of the event for the decision made.

There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare. We missed out on all of that.