Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

Like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony too was set on the theme of "inclusion, equality and celebrating youth", once again liberally picking up symbols connecting the ancient and modern Australia as the competitors from 71 countries and officials were sent off with the Commonwealth Games Federation's message of friendship ringing in their ears. This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast.

Organizing committee chairman Beattie apologized on Monday in the face of a barrage of criticism, saying "we got it wrong".

"What we were trying to do, we were concerned about athlete welfare", he told Seven's Sunrise. Such is the value of hosting the Commonwealth Games for the host nation's sports and athletes. It said it needed to get the athletes on the ground earlier to accommodate the athletes leaving the event early.

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement.

"But we made a mistake.that was clearly a stuff up".

Flag bearer Kurt Fearnley didn't want the blunder to be the lasting memory of the games. "And, to be honest, so have we".

"So we don't get into that comparison".

Prince George high-jumper Alyx Treasure had her first taste of competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Australian singer went on to explain how grateful she was to perform alongside other successful names in the music biz. "I am just so glad", a beaming Mary Kom said after the victory. "And I'm furious - they're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games".

Footage posted to social media from the stadium and its surrounds appears to show blocks of empty seats and masses of audience members leaving partway through proceedings.

Beattie said organisers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong.

Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent".

A view of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony at Carrara Stadium.

Trinidad and Tobago also took the women's 100m through Michelle-Lee Ahye (11.14), while 400m Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo showed her growing prowess in the half-lap sprint to win 200m gold.

England got the second position with 45 gold medal, 45 silver medals and 46 bronze medals with an aggregated total of 136 medals, followed India with 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and as many bronze medals while Canada got fourth position with 82 medals including 15 gold, 40 silver and 27 bronze medals.