Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails India's performance at Commonwealth Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails India's performance at Commonwealth Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails India's performance at Commonwealth Games

The veteran presenter slammed the broadcasters coverage for not showing sport stars bearing flags as they entered the stadium for the final time.

Hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas apologised to viewers following Sunday night's underwhelming event, saying poor decisions from organisers were to blame.

Prior to the Gold Coast closing ceremony all rights holders, including Channel Seven, were given a minute-by-minute briefing on Saturday morning detailing how the closing ceremony would unfold - complete with a 34-page media guide. "To be perfectly honest, Jo, so have we".

With a 200-plus contingent delivering 66 medals at #GC2018, India surpassed the medal tally of 64 medals from the Commonwealth Games Glasgow which happened four years ago. Should athletes have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast? I've got to say it's about the only thing they got wrong. But the organizers' decision to have athletes enter the Carrara Stadium before the ceremony began meant television viewers saw little of the people the closing was meant to celebrate. "We got that wrong", he tweeted on Monday.

Performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im were included in the broadcast.

Griggs said half the stadium had emptied during the ceremony and most of the athletes had already left.

"He wondered what we were doing to get such result".

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"I think every other event should be trying to do the same so they have to make the programme, they have to look at scheduling and make sure that the male events don't dominate the female events". They were way too long tonight.

Mr Beattie said he wanted to personally apologise to Australian flagbearer Kurt Fearnley.

Beattie explained the athletes' entrance was cut from proceedings to keep them from standing around for an hour beforehand.

Inexplicably, after being elected flag bearer at the closing ceremony, para-sports gold medallist Kurt Fearnley barely featured on our screens, despite it being the moment that all Aussies were waiting for following his T54 marathon victory. We missed out on all of that. I was part of that and I acknowledge it. We are thankful we were able to get even these pictures.

Cases of African athletes going missing at the games had been reported early on, with Cameroonians, Ugandans, and Rwandans are among those who went missing. "There will be a ceremony to honour them and the President (Cyril Ramaphosa) will also be there", she said.

Said a satisfied Riddin: "This medal from one of our Seals swimmers was the first medal I managed to witness live in my 40 years of coaching at this level of competition".

"I think "woeful" would be very, very unkind - and, in fact, unnecessary - for the unbelievable performances that we have had".

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