CWG organisers apologise for not including athletes during the 'shameful' closing ceremony

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Blumenfeld won the contest 5-0 and eventually picked up a silver medal in the final - Nambia's Jonas Jonas claimed gold 10 April: Para-powerlifting on day six and England's Ali Jawad celebrates winning bronze in the men's lightweight final 14 April: The men's 10m platform preliminary and Declan Stacey of Australia is shown just after hitting the water 10 April: Harry Tanfield of England races through Currumbin Beachfront on the Gold Coast on his way to silver in the time trial 6 April: As dusk settles at Broadbeach Bowls Club, competitors are still out on the green for the lawn bowls 10 April: Up, up and away.

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. She also gave special mention to the Yugambeh community and in particular the Indigenous Working Groups and local Yugambeh Advisory Group who contributed to and supported the delivery of the Games. "There is a mechanism in place, they haven't breached their visas, but it is a manner for their own Commonwealth Games association to monitor and no doubt they will", Mr Beattie said.

In a statement released by Griggs on Monday night, she reiterated that: "If we'd left that briefing room with any indication given to us that no athletes would feature, then of course we would have made other arrangements to capture those moments". They are a way for us to come together and share what we have in common. "But instead we thought we were going to broadcast an innovative and exciting show".

"They have years of experience ... and Channel Seven had a responsibility to carry the entire presentation of the Games from whoa to go".

In a later television interview, Beattie said "did we stuff it up? Yes".

The opening ceremony for the 2022 games is set to be held on 27 July, 2022, with the closing ceremony on 7 August. "However, having them come into the stadium in the pre-show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium, alongside flag bearers".

There were reports many began leaving the venue less than an hour into the event, which also featured long, rambling speeches from politicians and dignitaries.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

"There was no arrival of the athletes as part of the show. We got that wrong", the Commonwealth Games chairman said.

"I was astounded, I honestly thought she was joking", Ms Bernetzke said. During the closing ceremony of the sporting extravaganza in Gold Coast, Australia, athletes from all the competing countries were seen marching at Carrara Stadium before the ceremony even started.

Fearnley told SEN 116 Radio on Monday afternoon that the ceremony omission had been disappointing.

Speaking at the Closing Ceremony, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said: "We've brought meaning to the definition of the Friendly Games".

Commenting on the success of the XXI Commonwealth Games, CGF President Louise Martin CBE said: "Gold Coast 2018 will forever be remembered as 'the Games of Firsts".

"For all the people blowing up, I know you're doing it as a sign of kindness and respect for myself and the athletes, but I will blow up when it's needed", he said.

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