CWG organisers apologise for shameful closing ceremony

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

There Was some controversy around the ceremony, as organisers made a decision to bring in many athletes - including the 474 strong Australian team - before the broadcast of the event started.

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" There are no athletes in here and I have never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony".

They expressed their disappointment over the decision to leave the athletes' entrance out of the broadcast, saying it was not the decision of the network.

"We're the Australian rights-holders so we can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters".

Holmes said that Seven was given a "minute-by-minute briefing on Saturday morning detailing how the closing ceremony would unfold" but "chose not to mention any of this detail before the ceremony began".

Griggs responded to questions by tweeting a photo of a 8.30pm embargo from the Games Media Handbook, but it only refers to information and not video. "No one really communicated anything", she said.

Beattie, who had previously described the CWG as "inspirational" and "innovative", said he was disappointed the viewers at home did not get to see the athletes.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes. We got that wrong", the Commonwealth Games chairman said. I wish we could have actually seen him as part of the program.

Beattie said the decision was made to limit the time athletes, many of whom were worn out from competition, had to wait outside the stadium.

But Griggs said while she was one of three Seven staffers at the briefing they were not told that there would not be "one single shot shown of athletes watching the performances". Many athletes were seen leaving the stadium while the closing speeches were still in progress, reports Xinhua news agency.

"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". I've got to point out they were shot by the one Seven news camera that we're allowed to put down on the field to capture news footage for tomorrow.

She noted the closing night was particularly important for swimmers because heavy first-week programs meant they usually skipped the opening ceremony.

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Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent". We told them before they left that they should do their best and they did.

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