Commonwealth Games organizers under fire for closing ceremony

Commonwealth Games organizers under fire for closing ceremony

From his statements, he believes that the athletes performed better in the just concluded Games in the Gold Coast than they did in Glasglow, Scotland, in 2014 considering the number of athletes featured in both competitions.

On Seven's Sunrise program Beattie apologised.

He said: "We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow".

"At no point in the guide does it mention that there wouldn't be one single shot shown of athletes watching the performances", Griggs says.

"Unfortunately tonight, the organizing committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn't get it right".

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flagbearer, Kurt Fearnley or other flagbearers", she said.

"We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters". They made a decision not to have athletes enter the Stadium.

"I stand by the fact that we could only show the vision supplied to us on the night, and that whoever made the decision to not cut away to the athletes made a bad call".

Channel 7 host Johanna Griggs is angry at the way athletes were treated at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony and unhappy her integrity has been questioned.

The move prompted anger towards organisers, particularly from presenters for broadcast rights holders the Seven Network, while the ceremony has been labelled overall as underwhelming and lacking star power.

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Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin urged all multi-sports tournaments to follow its lead and have equal medals for men and women as she insisted the competition still had a role in the modern era.

"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games", Griggs said, live on air.

He shed more light on the topnotch features of the country's participation and reinforcements put in place to encourage the athletes and boost their confidence in the Games and the country. If you want to watch live or stream the closing ceremony - here's where to watch live and free.

"You want to see the athletes come and you want to see them jumping in front of a camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport".

"We've never seen a stadium as empty as this. We made the decision to show it anyway at the back of the ceremony when we realised what a farce the Closing Ceremony was turning out to be".

The local authorities have revealed that more than 40 people, including athletes and journalist, have inquired about staying in Australia.

Asked about the image of the Games as a relic from bygone times, Martin told AFP: "Those who come from that era still think of it like that but now where we are in the modern Commonwealth, we are moving forward and we're embracing everybody".

Viewers were also left disappointed, as they missed out seeing wheelchair racing gold medallist, Kurt Fearnley, carrying the Australian flag.

But everyone agreed the competition itself was incredible.

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