GOLDOC boss Beattie apologises for closing ceremony 'stuff-up'

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

The minister for Sports, Solomon Dalung, was particularly impressed with the turnout of events and the improvement of the athletes that competed in the Commonwealth Games and the results they brought home.

It also reported that it was standard practice for a minute-by-minute rundown to be made available to those who will be covering the ceremonies.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games has come to a close and attention is already turning to the next instalment of the event in four years time.

"We made a mistake", he said, and claimed the organising committee didn't want exhausted athletes to have to stand outside for ages waiting to come in. Koch said the athletes "are the star of the show".

Her contract was terminated in mid-2000 amid controversy surrounding her relationship with ABC journalist Stan Grant. He said: "We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow".

"We were looking forward to being part of the Closing Ceremony and being recognized for what we had done in the games".

Channel Seven's Johanna Griggs, who was co-hosting the ceremonies, ripped the organizers' decision while on-camera.

Social media users also criticised the opening ceremony for being too long and featuring too many speeches.

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In a later television interview, Beattie said "did we stuff it up? Yes".

"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. "I can't be more honest about it than that", he said.

Speaking on Sunrise, Peter Beattie copped to the ill-fated decision not to film athletes entering the closing ceremony, which lead to viewers and Channel 7's own commentators savaging the event.

Fearnley told SEN 116 Radio on Monday afternoon that the ceremony omission had been disappointing. "They are still within their visas and they have the right to travel freely", said David Grevemberg, Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive.

"I'm sorry, you're being way too polite", Griggs said to Basil. "These Games have changed the conversation; changed the way we think about the Commonwealth, about the city of Gold Coast, about Queensland, about what it means to be a Commonwealth citizen and that's the start of a legacy", Grevemberg said.

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

"What. A. Night! Thank you Canada for this incredible honour", tweeted the champion wrestler.

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