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Commonwealth Games 2018: Chairman Peter Beattie admits 'We got it wrong'

16 April, 2018, 12:08 | Author: Lora Ball
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Beattie, the chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, who appeared on Sunrise this morning, has admitted that they got the ceremony wrong, saying there were "too many" speeches that were "too long".

Speaking to Manx Radio after the race, the 27-year-old Brand, who is diabetic and rides for Team Novo Nordisk, said: "I met some guy up there and he switched bikes with me, some spectator". "They were way too long tonight".

Former swimmer and Seven host Johanna Griggs pulled no punches in her assessment of the ceremony. "You have to look at the Olympic Games as the pinnacle of athletic achievement, and many the athletes that are going for gold and going for the podium use these Games to measure and help them prepare for the Olympics". I was part of that and it is acknowledged by me.

"The athletes have had a great experience but they've also performed to their expectations and above ours", he said.

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". "We got that wrong" he added.

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"People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag-bearer, Kurt Fearnley or other flag-bearers".

Griggs was quick to defend her network amid the furore, but went even further with her criticism.

"To be brutally honest, most of the athletes left during the ceremony", he said.

The surprise decision of Commonwealth Games organisers to overlook athletes at the closing ceremony has sparked a mass walkout and triggered enormous backlash from fans.

"We wanted to get them in early, and they came in as part of the pre-show but we made a serious error of judgement by not having them in the broadcast".

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"You want to see the athletes come in".

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement. Yes we did get it wrong. "We missed out on all of that".

Mr Beattie later told the ABC the athletes were brought into the stadium early to avoid a scenario where they would have been kept "standing around".

The ceremony was largely panned on social media, with critics upset about the lack of focus on athletes, quality of the musical performances, speeches and the length of the event.

Australia stood first in the medal tally with 198 medals including 80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze followed by England 136 medals.

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