CWG 2018 organisers issue apology after a 'disastrous' closing ceremony

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2018

Another first for India was the gold in the badminton team event.

They're not the only ones taking stock of their accomplishments - all of Canada should now know who to watch as the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo draw closer.

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".

Most importantly, it is a wake up call for all the senior pros. that they no longer can take their places in the national team for granted, as these youngsters are snapping at their heels and how. "Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted. "But it also needs to be legitimate sport and I think the performances here speak for themselves". I should not have spoken.

"Should they have been part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?" Yes we did get it wrong.

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.

"So we were not able to bring you any pictures because we did not have pictures available to us to bring you".

Unlike last time, this time there are nearly 4 months for an athlete to rest, recover and peak at the continental games. "I understand that and frankly the buck stops with me on that".

GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie sent out a series of tweets, both apologising for the error and echoed criticism of the speeches during the ceremony.

Seven Network, the Australian television rights holders for the Games, publicly aired their frustration at the athletes' parade - traditionally a core part of any Ceremony - not being broadcast.

During the Sunday night broadcast, Griggs slammed organisers and host broadcaster NEP Group Inc for choosing "not to show" the flag bearers and athletes.

"You want to see the athletes come in. We missed out on all of that".

While the sport and local "bowlos" have a long and distinguished existence in Australian social history, their numbers especially in metropolitan cities have been dwindling, and the sport has lost some of its cultural meaning.

"I've never been in a stadium or a Games like that where there are so many people cheering for you and rooting for you", LePage said after his medal win.

Beattie insisted the spectacle was 99.9 per cent sold out but there were visible numbers of empty seats across the stadium.

Amber Pitty said ticket prices may have been to blame.

"It was the intention of GOLDOC to celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes and provide them with a great experience", the statement read.

"It sort of felt like we were left out a little bit".

George Wilson provided a less than ringing endorsement for the ceremony, calling it "not bad".

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