The Commonwealth Games closing ceremony was a disgrace to Australia!

The closing ceremony barely focused on athletes and featured long far too many rambling speeches, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie has admitted organisers got it wrong.

The athletes entered Carrara  Stadium before the television broadcast and were barely shown to TV audiences as they stood in darkness on the fringe of the stage.

There were reports many began leaving the venue less than an hour into the event.

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Channel Seven’s own commentators, Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas, launched into an extraordinary attack on the ceremony immediately after it finished, saying they were “furious”.

Mr Beattie tweeted an apology on Monday morning, reports ABC news.

“The speeches were too many and too long. I was part of that and I acknowledge it. Again, we got that wrong,” he wrote.

“We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the closing ceremony. However, having them come in to the stadium in the pre-show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium, alongside flag-bearers. We got that wrong.”

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”.

“At previous ceremonies athletes were herded around, they stand around, they hate it, they get bored, often they don’t go,” he said.

“Our decision to bring them in early was right, but what we should have done though is have them parade as well.

“The athletes would not have enjoyed last night. I understand that and frankly the buck stops with me on that.”

Mr Beattie said he wanted to personally apologise to Australian flag-bearer Kurt Fearnley.

“They made the decision not to have the actual athletes enter the stadium, they made the decision not to show the flag-bearers and I’m furious,” Jo Griggs said.

“You want to see the athletes come and you want to see them jumping in front of a camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport. We missed out on all of that.”

Did it let our Aussies down?

Share your comments below.

  • Yes, It didn’t have a great feel to it. I would have loved to get goosebumps as they walked out as there were so many many tremendous athletes who competed in the games and also who are retiring.


  • I can understand it was a bit of a disappointment, but really not such an important thing to get upset about.


  • Yes, it was very disappointing. The athletes weren’t given the chance to celebrate regardless of whether they won medals or not. Were any of them given the option to have a parade? It doesn’t sound like it. Had some not been interviewed afterwards is was almost a non-event apart from the official games closed speeches.


  • The closing ceremony is usually about the athletes and is normally very rousing. Even the ones who didn’t win a significant medal revel in the fact that they were they and they tried their best. This was just soooooo wrong.


  • I think it sounds like it let all the athletes down, not just Australian athletes. Athletes should be the stars. And importantly the fans who pay to watch them should be able to get as many glimpses of them as possible .. a parade would have been good. Also where possible fans should be able interact in person too; walk a lap of the stadium with them or something. I’ve never watched a closing ceremony but it sounds like it was badly done.


  • I do think it should have focused on celebrating the athletes.


  • Whatever a big event happens, there is always something that is done wrong to disappoint the public. I didnt watch much of the open ceremony as it was a tad boring and didnt watch the closing. But main thing i did like was they included the para Olympics with everyone. Thats the highlight for me.


  • it would ave been a major disappointment for the athletes, it is after all all about them. Does anyone really care about the speeches? On the other hand it was awesome to combine the para-athletes this year


  • I avoided watching the games all together. But sounds like they did get it a bit wrong.


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