Comm Games Chairman Peter Beattie Apologise For Closing Ceremony

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu assure India of gold and silver medals

Lauded by organisers as "inspirational" and "innovative", the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have come to an end in a heavily-criticised closing ceremony, with Channel Seven's hosts ripping into the event's organisers live on air.

"They made the decision not to have the athletes enter the stadium". Without a shadow of doubt among the greatest athletes of their respective sports but faced with questions about their future quite often now, the duo made a decision to show what it means to turn the clock back.

"Having received such a positive response to the Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast earlier this month, we share GOLDOC'S disappointment at the level of criticism targeted at specific aspects of last night's ceremony".

Beattie also acknowledged that the formal part of the proceedings was excessive.

Established stars such as wrestler (and closing ceremony flag-bearer) Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., and swimmer Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., got to see where they stand at the midway point between Olympics, but the Gold Coast Games were also about who's next. With the proud support of close to 15,000 passionate and friendly volunteers, a spectacle of 18 sports and 7 para-sports contested and broadcast to a cumulative global audience of 1.5 billion. Seven told AdNews that its ratings were relatively consistent throughout the event.

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony", he said. "People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag-bearer, Kurt Fearnley or other flagbearers".

"There's no athletes in here". "That is hard to say, but I will try", said Kom, who is already older than most of her opponents.

Ricki-Lee Coulter also took to the stage. "I can't be more honest about it than that", Beattie said in an interview on the Sunrise morning news show.

Kom, who has spoken repeatedly at the Games in Australia about the problems facing women and girls in India, said being away for long periods for competition and to train was challenging emotionally.

"We avoid that (question) simply because we think they are great Games", Beattie said.

The first tweet was then followed up by a jab at the speeches given by several dignitaries, including his own.

'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.

Organizers signed off with the uncontroversial assertion that they had delivered the best possible environment for the athletes from 71 mostly former British colonies to showcase their skills over 11 sun-kissed days in the beachside city.

'We were driven by the welfare of athletes.

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