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The closing ceremony has been criticised as underwhelming, with Seven Network presenters slamming organisers for not providing vision of athletes entering Carrara Stadium.

He said: "It's been a long week, very long but at the end of the week now I'm a gold medalist with the guys and I'm really happy I was a part of it". Now, I'damn sorry, if I receive an opportunity I'll apologize to Kurt (Fearnley) that morning.

Images of athletes that are joyous submitting behind their states' episodes are an attribute of closing ceremony broadcasts for a decades in Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Games Chairman Peter Beattie admitted the decision to not show the athletes "was a mistake". We were driven by the welfare of athletes.

"When you have thousands of athletes, where do you put them?"

"This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast".


It wasn't just the 63 Aussie para-athletes swooping on 15 golds that elevated the goodwill but competitors like blind para-sprinter Ananias Shikongo, who took inclusion to another level as Namibia's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.

Fearnley says he's loved every minute of every Games he's competed in.

Channel 7 hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas couldn't hide their disappointment.

"Should they have been part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?" The instant was seen by them. You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.

"We missed out on all of that".

As the event rolled on, spectators began streaming out of the Carrara Stadium before the ceremony finished, leaving the venue seemingly half-empty when the lights were turned back on.

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