(Commonwealth Games) Athletes missing from 'stuffed up' closing ceremonySports | 16 Apr 2018 3:00 pm
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chief Peter Beattie said later in a television interview about the much-criticized closing ceremony, "did we stuff it up? Yes. Should (athletes) have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast? Of course. We got it wrong. I can't be more honest about it than that.
"I am not interested in blaming anyone else. We stuffed it up and I apologize to the viewers and the athletes.''
Australians took to social media in large numbers to criticize the ceremony. In an unusual move, the television rights-holders Channel Seven joined in the criticism, saying the ceremony "had not lived up to expectations.''
Hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas told viewers the absence of athletes from Channel Seven's coverage was beyond its control.
"People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flagbearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flagbearers,'' Griggs said. "We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters. They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium. "They made the decision not to show the flagbearers. I'm furious.''-AP