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CWG organisers apologise for 'shameful' closing ceremony

17 April 2018

The XXI Commonwealth Games has, once again, been a great celebration of the Commonwealth touching 1.5 billion populations.

Speaking to media over the disastrous closing ceremony, Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie said, "If the athletes didn't come into the stadium until the broadcast time they would have been stuck in a field or a paddock somewhere".

Facebook Australia's daily Facebook Studio Live sessions with Australian and global athletes alongside Facebook videos have been watched by more than seven million people across the globe since the start of the Commonwealth Games last week.

Many athletes appeared to show little interest in the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

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. 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.

CGF Chief Executive Officer, David Grevemberg CBE said: "The athletes have helped us write a new chapter in our modern Commonwealth's history". They are a way for us to come together and share what we have in common.

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Simmone Bernetzke said she was completely surprised when a friend told her the athletes arriving to the stadium was not shown on screen. Organizing committee chairman Beattie apologized on Monday in the face of a barrage of criticism, saying "we got it wrong".

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

'This happens at every games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it, ' Beattie said. "We were privileged to have the indigenous peoples of 15 different countries with us on the Gold Coast, and we now look forward to taking this important conversation concerning first nation's peoples' rights to other parts of our family of nations as we continue to champion Commonwealth sport as a force for good in the modern world".

"I was astounded, I honestly thought she was joking", Ms Bernetzke said.

Griggs fired off another 20 tweets, including ones blaming the host broadcaster NEP, before her and her co-host Basil Zempilas were tasked with wrapping up the tedious broadcast mere seconds after the ceremony had finished. "People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley". They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium.

"I don't get why you're apologising Mr Beattie, because to be really honest you don't know what's going on behind the scenes of television production". They made the decision not to show the flagbearers.

CWG organisers apologise for 'shameful' closing ceremony