Sunday, 19 August, 2018

President, Prime Minister hail India's show in Commonwealth Games

Mary Kom Mary Kom participates in the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast. PTI
Kenny Thornton | 17 April, 2018, 02:03

Ms Griggs took issue with athletes not being shown entering Gold Coast 's Carrara Stadium - a long-standing tradition she had experienced first hand.

Zero failed drug tests were reported during the event, although India twice fell foul of the Games" "no needle policy' and had two athletes ordered home.

Host David Koch wasn't buying the excuse and noted that athletes have been part of every other Closing Ceremony at the Commonwealth Games.

Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers.

Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent".

Beattie also acknowledged that the formal part of the proceedings was excessive. "Again, we got that wrong", he wrote. "It is very simple - I should not have spoken". "But it also needs to be legitimate sport and I think the performances here speak for themselves".

"Athletes and coaches that could not make it to Gold Coast are camping in Port Harcourt for the Continental event so that we will not only host but lead the medals table", he said. "We got that wrong", Mr Beattie admitted on Twitter.

The closing ceremony included a section for Usain Bolt, who was in town to support his old Jamaica teammates and stepped in to do a guest DJ stint. It said it needed to get the athletes on the ground earlier to accommodate the athletes leaving the event early. "Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG", the PM added.

"The athletes would not have enjoyed last night".

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"When I decide something with my head and heart than even my husband can not stop me". Beattie said he planned to apologize to Fearnley.

"I felt elated when Jamaican Athletics Technical Director said this is about the first time Nigerian athletes are being professional".

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.

"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".

"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".

"I was one of hundreds of dancers and we had the most exhilarating experience and I'm gutted that Australia missed out on it", she said.

"I got to carry that flag around, and thankfully my mum and my sister were in the stadium. He sometimes tells me to take it easy after competition but I can't help it", she said. In an unusual move, the television rights-holders Channel Seven joined in the criticism, saying the ceremony "had not lived up to expectations".

"All of a sudden I saw the guy to my left come through and I was a bit like "woah", Arnott told Reuters.

George Wilson provided a less than ringing endorsement for the ceremony, calling it "not bad". Do I need to say more?

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