'Furious' Channel Seven presenters rip into Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Both Indian Men and Women Hockey Teams Lose Bronze Medal Matches in CWG 2018

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.

"With over half the athletes scheduled to depart the Gold Coast tomorrow, it is understandable that large numbers of athletes chose to depart the ceremony early, to prepare for their journey or attend their own team celebrations", it said.

The athletes entered Carrara Stadium before the broadcast began and spent most of the ceremony cloaked in darkness as Beattie and a number of other dignitaries took to a stage to shower praise on the April 4-15 Games.

"There were too many speeches, I shouldn't have spoken because it bored the athletes silly", added Beattie.

New Zealand led 3-0 before the Australians scored with 12 minutes left.

Another disappointing aspect for viewers was that, despite having a line-up to perform that included Delta Goodrem, The Veronicas, Guy Sebastian, Samantha Jade, Anthony Calea, and Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, there was a strong emphasis on speeches.

Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas were left underwhelmed by the Closing Ceremony.

"This is the first time I will be India's flag-bearer in an event like this".


"It was driven by the right reasons and concerns about the welfare of athletes, but they should have been involved".

Griggs said she had never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony.

"It was a mistake not to include the athletes coming out into the stadium".

Numerous athletes including Usain Bolt also departed the stadium early before the ceremony ended.

Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolts plays the DJ desks during the closing ceremony.

In a social media post on Monday morning, Beattie said the closing ceremony telecast should have been organised more appropriately.

"I am not interested in blaming anyone else", he said.

"I think these games have really helped shape who I am as an athlete, and really get my name out there and show Australia what I can do".

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