CWG organisers apologise for not including athletes during the 'shameful' closing ceremony

Commonwealth Games 2018 5 Indians in boxing finals 3 settle for bronze

Commonwealth Games 2018 5 Indians in boxing finals 3 settle for bronze

It is England that will be the host of the next Commonwealth Games as it returns to the country for the first time since 2002 when Manchester hosted.

Traditional Aboriginal dancers are seen performing a "Welcome to Country" ceremony with athletes at Jezzine Barracks before the 2018 Commonwealth Games 8 April: Gibraltar swimmer Matt Savitz glides through the water during the men's 100m butterfly heats 7 April: As the sun dips behind the clouds, beach volleyball player Chris Gregory of England lines up a serve against Cyprus 9 April: England's Nile Wilson claimed silver in the men's parallel bars final.

"If the athletes didn't come into the stadium until the broadcast time they would have been stuck in a field or a paddock somewhere", Beattie told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Monday.

The organisers of the 21st edition of Commonwealth Games have issued a public apology for conducting a shambolic closing ceremony which drew flak from many sporting organisations and officials.

There were reports many began leaving the venue less than an hour into the event, which also featured long, rambling speeches from politicians and dignitaries. The people who have been critical are also justified.

While Griggs admitted she had been briefed before the closing ceremony she said at no point in the guide did it mention that "there wouldn't be one single shot" of the athletes.

CGF Chief Executive Officer, David Grevemberg CBE said: "The athletes have helped us write a new chapter in our modern Commonwealth's history". She also said that she stood by her original story.

"It was a rocking moment and the entire stadium roared ... the athletes were sent in and the cameras were there, they were tested in rehearsal, we saw it on the big screen".

'This happens at every games, it's no surprise. if there is a breach (of visa) Peter Dutton and his team will deal with it, ' Beattie said. "We made the decision to show it anyway at the back of the ceremony when we realised what a farce the closing ceremony was turning out to be".

Athletes, including the competing countries' respective flag-bearers, marched on to the arena before the ceremony commenced, meaning the audience at Carrara stadium could see them, but the TV audience couldn't. "And I could not be more proud of that fact". "We got that wrong", the Commonwealth Games chairman said.

The success of Games relies heavily upon its 15000 volunteers. Hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas told viewers the absence of athletes from Channel Seven's coverage was beyond its control.

"The athletes didn't really know what was happening".

"We are the Australian rights holder so we can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters - they made the decision not to have the athletes enter the stadium, they made the decision not to show the flagbearers and I'm furious".

"People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flagbearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flagbearers", Griggs said.

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