(Commonwealth Games) Australia red faced over boring wrap up

Sports | 16 Apr 2018 2:57 pm

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chief Peter Beattie admits organizers botched yesterday's closing ceremony, accepting criticism that long-winded speeches had fans rushing for the exits while athletes were largely excluded from the broadcast. 

Organizing committee chairman Beattie apologized today in the face of a barrage of criticism, saying "we got it wrong.'' 

Closing ceremonies of Olympic and Commonwealth Games are usually much more relaxed than formal openings, focusing on the athletes and celebrating their achievements. 

But the organizers' decision to have athletes enter the Carrara Stadium before the ceremony began meant television viewers saw little of the people the closing was meant to celebrate. 

In a series of Twitter posts today, Beattie said the ceremony had not worked out as organizers planned. 

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony,'' he said. "However, having them come into 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. 

"The speeches were too many and too long. I was part of that and I acknowledge it. Again, we got that wrong.'' -AP

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