Here's Why Everyone Is Furious About The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

A representational image. Canada’s Alexander Moore wrestles with Jamaica’s Kevin Wallen in men’s FS 86Kg quarterfinal wrestling match at the Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast on 14 April 2018

Here's Why Everyone Is Furious About The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

The Premier said organisers should "hang their heads in shame" for not incorporating athletes in the televised part of the ceremony, a decision that lead to spectator walkouts.

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

Channel 7 - who have had their fair share of critics with the Commonwealth Games coverage due to some big blunders - were accused of not showing athletes entering the stadium during the broadcast, but according to the Basil Zempilas and Johanna Griggs on the Channel 7 commentary team, the host broadcaster, NEP Australia, and organising committee chose to place the athletes inside the stadium before the Closing Ceremony kicked off.

These Games - the first major multi-sport event to feature gender medal event equality - provided not only a platform for Canada's young, developing stars of tomorrow, it also showcased the strength of Canadian women athletes. Young athletes were given a chance to experience and prove themselves in multi event competitions and in quite a few competitions they came out with flying colours.

"So far, they have not disappointed us though we had one or two errors that had been corrected so that others won't fall victim again", he said.

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

In a statement sent during the Ceremony, Gold Coast 2018 admitted it was not at full capacity but claimed there were over 30,000 people in the Stadium.

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. Should athletes have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?

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The Closing Ceremony also saw an ambitious handover segment to the next hosts, Birmingham, England, which saw Birmingham MC and Rapper Lady Sanity wow the crowds in the Carrara Stadium before introducing a live choreographed dance segment from Birmingham City Centre - the first time a handover segment has taken place simultaneously across two continents.

"It's about the only thing they got wrong, but they did get it wrong tonight", host Basil Zempilas began, before co-host Johanna Griggs cut him off to go on a spectacular rant.

While the on-field action was a success, the closing ceremony received a resounding thumbs-down, with some of the harshest criticism coming from Australia's broadcast rights holders, the Seven Network.

More than 4500 athletes from 71 nations competed for 275 Commonwealth gold medals over the course of the Games.

"It is understandable that large numbers of athletes chose to depart the ceremony early, to prepare for their journey or attend their own team celebrations".

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson lauded the inclusiveness of this year's Games.

"We can't let anything distract from that", he said. "We just need to boost the profile of the Paralympics and get that showcased around the world a bit more".

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