Commonwealth Games under fire for not showing athletes entering closing ceremony

The Prime Minister with Commonwealth Games medalist Jenly Wini

The Prime Minister with Commonwealth Games medalist Jenly Wini

Channel Seven's broadcast team were particularly scathing of the event which saw the ceremony start with the athletes already in the stadium rather the teams entering the stadium during the celebrations.

The Seven Network explained on Sunday that it was a decision of the organising committee and the host broadcasters to not include athletes walking into the stadium as part of the ceremony, robbing flagbearers - in Australia's case, the retiring Kurt Fearnley - of a deserved moment in the spotlight.

Taking to Twitter, Beattie also admitted several of the speeches presented at the ceremony were needlessly long. I was part of that and I acknowledge it.

"Now, did we get it wrong?"

The Prime Minister greets Team Solomon
The Prime Minister greets Team Solomon

"It is very simple. I should not have spoken".

GOLDOC made the decision that the athletes would enter the arena during the pre-show, which is not broadcast. We definitely should. But we shouldn't get carried away.

Mr Beattie later told the ABC the athletes were brought into the stadium early to avoid a scenario where they would have been kept "standing around".

However, the closing ceremony will forever go down as a shocking error of judgement, putting a dampener on a successful 12 days of competition.

Saudi king slams Iranian 'interference,' US Jerusalem move at Arab summit
King Salman on Sunday announced a $150 million donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem. Qatar's emir was not in attendance, instead dispatching his country's Arab League representative to the meeting.

Asked why Sarita Devi, Pinki Rani and Lovlina Borgohain could not make it to the medal round, Nieva said they were unlucky to lose narrowly.

"The athletes would not have enjoyed last night".

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

Griggs replied that he was being "way too polite", adding that the she'd "never seen the stadium so empty" and blaming the host broadcaster. "In a widely-telecast extempore interview, Khatun was seen tearfully telling reporters that if the man in the picture was indeed her son, he should be shot dead and his body fed to animals".

First Alert Forecast: stormy finish to weekend
Cold and damp weather is expected throughout the day, with the temperatures reaching a high of only about 45, DiSpigna said. For comparison, mid 80s is what we see for highs in the height of summer and mid 30s is typical for the dead of winter.

"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games". "We missed out on all of that".

Viewers expressed their anger on social media. Barely halfway through the program, more than 130,000 of the 250,000 condoms provided for athletes in thevillage had been claimed. "I am not interested in blaming anyone else", he said.

"It hasn't really lived up to expectations and I've got to say it's about the only thing they got wrong, but they did get it wrong tonight".

Toby Findlay said watching Indigenous band Yothu Yindi was "fantastic", but he left early because "the last bit wasn't great".

Nicki Minaj Addresses Cardi B Drama In New Song & Interview
People just want to pin it so much because it's entertainment.I spoke to [Minaj] before.I don't want nobody sneak-dissing me. Nicki Minaj was a guest on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show today, where she shared two new songs , as well as a lengthy interview.

"I was forced to come".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.