'We were left out': Athletes bemused by snub

Angelo Anderson
April 17, 2018

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close and Aotearoa is celebrating its most successful ever away Commonwealth Games. The fact that Indian athletes achieved more gold medals than silver or bronze is an achievement in being able to turn things around when it matters and in crucial junctures of the competition.

Winning gold in more than one-third of the Commonwealth Games events is impressive, but the only medal tally that counts is the Olympic one, where Australians can more authentically measure themselves against the world.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin in his speech said the 2018 edition broke new ground with Women's Rugby 7's, Beach Volleyball and Para Triathlon medals awarded for the first time as part of the largest integrated sports programme in Commonwealth Games history.

The part of the closing ceremony that organisers made a decision to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ending without the athletes at the forefront was a mistake, admit organisers.

They finished sixth in the Gold Coast, but their male counterparts did worse in coming 10th.

This was equal to the number of golds, but three fewer than the overall medals pocketed at the previous Games in Glasgow, Scotland, four years ago. New Zealand weightlifter David Liti received the award for outstanding sporting spirit after his medal ceremony in the Men's 105kg+ Weightlifting, where he offered to assist his Samoan rival who was left in a wheelchair after injuring himself in the final.

"I think "woeful" would be very, very unkind - and, in fact, unnecessary - for the awesome performances that we have had". The people who have been critical are also justified. Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us. We can't affect what other people do. Most won against lifters from countries with no real weightlifting pedigree.

Winners: Cyclist Elinor Barker produced a stunning performance to win points race gold, Hollie Arnold set a world record with her final throw to claim the F46 javelin title and Sammy Lee and Lauren Price won boxing golds.

Zempilas explained it was the decision of the host broadcaster to have the athletes in the stadium before the ceremony began - a decision Griggs said "wrecked a tradition". Rashid Anwar was the nation's first medal victor at the Games, winning bronze in men's 74kg wrestling in London 1934.

The star badminton trio of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were the centre of attraction as the Indian contingent ended their campaign at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on a high here Sunday. Australia's Michael Shelley ran past the Scot on his way to victory.

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