The organizers of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have apologised for Sunday’s closing ceremony on Sunday night time which has been roundly criticised for not together with athletes. Athletes, together with the competing nations’ respective flag-bearers, marched on to the world earlier than the ceremony commenced, that means the viewers at Carrara stadium may see them, however the TV viewers could not. Many athletes have been seen leaving the stadium whereas the closing speeches have been nonetheless in progress, stories Xinhua information company. The ceremony was even criticised by Australian broadcasters, Channel Seven, with former CWG bronze Medallist Johanna Griggs saying in the course of the reside protection she was “furious” with the choice.
“They’re actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games,” Griggs stated, reside on air. “Unfortunately tonight, the organizing committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn’t get it right.”
Commonwealth Games Chairman Peter Beattie acknowledged on Monday that organisers made a mistake that includes athletes within the pre-show as a substitute of the tv protection.
“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 instructed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Monday.
Beattie, who had beforehand described the CWG as “inspirational” and “innovative,” stated he was upset the viewers at dwelling didn’t get to see the athletes.
“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. We got that wrong,” the Commonwealth Games chairman stated.
“The people who are angry are justified. The people who have been critical are also justified,” Beattie stated.
“Unfortunately tonight, the organising committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn’t get it right.”
In a social media put up on Monday morning, Beattie stated the closing ceremony telecast ought to have been organised extra appropriately.
“The speeches were too many and too long. I was part of that and I acknowledge it. Again, we got that wrong,” he wrote.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who truly spoke on the closing ceremony, additionally criticised the organisers on Monday.
“At the end of the day, we appoint an agency to run the day to day operations of the Games,” Palaszczuk instructed reporters.
“Whoever made that decision not to allow those athletes to march in should hang their heads in shame.”
Athletes themselves have stated they have been upset to not be included within the closing ceremony.
Angus Brandt, a member of the Australian basketball staff which received a gold medal, stated your entire Australian basketball staff was upset to be neglected.
“It was a little disappointing with the athletes being brought in before the actual ceremony began,” Brandt stated on Australian Television on Monday.
“We were looking forward to being part of the Closing Ceremony and being recognized for what we had done in the games.”
The host broadcaster of the CWG, NEP Group, additionally launched a social media put up saying it was “disappointed.”