India's highlights at the Commonwealth Games 2018

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 16, 2018

The Games also featured their first transgender athlete, and gay English diver Tom Daley caused a stir when he urged the 37 Commonwealth countries that outlaw homosexuality to change their laws.

The 21 Commonwealth Games concluded in Australia, today (April 15).

"The last thing they want is standing in a field for an hour waiting to get into a closing ceremony", Beattie told the Seven Network's "Sunrise" breakfast show on Monday.

Commonwealth Games organisers slammed for closing ceremony.

The show continued with a performance by Ricki-Lee and The Koi Boys before Anthony Callea took the stage to perform "You Should be Dancing" accompanied by the athletes.

"That was clearly a stuff-up".

He went on to say he meant to apologise to Kurt Fearnley, and said he did not want to put the blame onto the American events company in charge.

Organisers chose to go against tradition and bring in the athletes before the ceremony started, meaning TV crews weren't able to snap shots of the Australian squad arriving at Carrara Stadium, along with flag bearer Kurt Fearnley.

"We understand many people have been disappointed with tonight's ceremony", said Seven commentator Basil Zempalas towards the end of the network's broadcast. To be perfectly honest Jo, so have we. "It hasn't lived up to expectations".

"Now did we get it wrong?"

Mr Beattie responded by admitting the organisers "got it wrong", but came up with a freaky justification of the decision. Batra made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual table tennis Gold at the Games.

And the secret to her fitness levels and to an extent her calm demeanour in the ring is a training regimen that she refuses to let go even one day.

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flag bearers", said Griggs. But they put their best foot forward as that is what mattered and that is the motto of the Games - Share the dream.

Social media users also criticised the opening ceremony for being too long and featuring too many speeches.

Griggs said half the stadium had emptied during the ceremony and most of the athletes had already left.

Established stars such as wrestler (and closing ceremony flag-bearer) Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., and swimmer Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., got to see where they stand at the midway point between Olympics, but the Gold Coast Games were also about who's next.

Anusha Kodituwakku became the first Sri Lankan woman to win a medal in a boxing event, taking home the bronze in her weight category.

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