Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

Usain Bolt dee-jayed and Yohan Blake pranced around the ground dressed like Borobi, the mascot, as the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast came to an end in a spectacular but long-drawn closing ceremony on Sunday. "I can't be more honest about it than that", he told Sunrise.

The part of the closing ceremony that organisers made a decision to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im.

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

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

Mr Beattie also admitted to media that people were understandably angry over the closing ceremony coverage, and ultimately the buck stopped with him.

Griggs said she had never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony.

"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.

"It was a mistake not to include the athletes coming out into the stadium".

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"I love my sport and I'm sure there are plenty of athletes and parents of athletes from all around the Commonwealth who would have loved to see their guys come into the stadium". She was given the honour after winning her first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 45-48 kg category.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who actually spoke at the closing ceremony, also criticized the organizers on Monday.

There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare.

"I'm just as disappointed as anyone else", Ms Palaszczuk said.

NEP, the American broadcast company in charge of sending footage to every Commonwealth nation, referred blamers to a statement from the GOLDOC Chairman this morning, tweeting they were "just as disappointed in tonight's outcome" as the viewers.

"They did get it wrong, but for all the people blowing up, I know you're doing it as a sign of kindness and respect, but I will blow up when it's needed". The last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting for the closing ceremony.

"We were concerned about the athletes' welfare", Beattie told Sunrise.