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Celebs hail 'superwoman' Mary Kom for Commonwealth Games title win

Celebs hail 'superwoman' Mary Kom for Commonwealth Games title win

GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie has apologized for a "stuff-up" at the closing ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after athletes were marginalized from the television broadcast and a string of officials hogged the spotlight with lengthy speeches.

"They made the decision not to have the actual athletes enter the stadium, they made the decision not to show the flagbearers and I'm furious", Griggs said.

The fallout from the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony continues, with the broadly slammed event being revealed at costing an eye-watering $200,000 per minute. We missed out on all of that.

As the event rolled on, spectators began streaming out of the Carrara Stadium before the ceremony finished, leaving the venue seemingly half-empty when the lights were turned back on.

"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".

"The other thing there were too many speeches".

"I'm a little bit speechless at the moment, but I'm over the moon".

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It didn't stop there, with Sunrise's David Koch lambasting Beattie on air this morning.

"You realize how insane Australians are about sports and how it creates such an wonderful atmosphere around the Games", he said.

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony".

Beattie went into damage control immediately.

"What we tried to do is look after the welfare of the athletes because they've got to stand somewhere before they go in the stadium, and we didn't want them standing in a field nearby for an hour", Beattie, a former Queensland Premier, said. "We got that wrong.This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort".

Boston-based event organiser Jack Morton was tasked with both the opening and closing ceremony with a combined budget of $30 million.

Another disappointing aspect for viewers was that, despite having a line-up to perform that included Delta Goodrem, The Veronicas, Guy Sebastian, Samantha Jade, Anthony Calea, and Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, there was a strong emphasis on speeches.

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