'Furious' Channel Seven presenters rip into Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2018

Brandt, who was part of the Boomers' gold medal-winning team, attended his first closing ceremony last night and was left underwhelmed by the experience.

'Every other closing ceremony the athletes have been involved, they are the star of the show!

"We understand many people have been disappointed by tonight's closing ceremony and to be perfectly honest Jo, so have we been", Zempilas said.

It comes after the end to the Games was panned by viewers and Channel Seven host Johanna Griggs live on-air after the network copped criticism for not showing the athletes entering the stadium - including flag bearer Kurt Fearnley.

As the ceremony wrapped up, Griggs and Zempilas were quick to defend criticism of Seven's coverage, instead ripping into the event's organisers live on air and calling the event a great disappointment. "Again, we got that wrong", he wrote. Athletes arrived in drugs [sic - dribs] & drabs with.no mention or fuss being made of any flag bearers.

"The Games may be over, but Gold Coast is only at the starting blocks", she added about the city, which grew in the 1950s and 60s due to the attraction of beach lifestyle. "It was a little disappointing with the athletes being brought in before the actual ceremony began", Brandt said on Australian Television on Monday.

Large sections of seating were empty while a number of athletes slipped away to the bar before the ceremony had reached its halfway point.

"The Games has shown that Gold Coast can host major world events and that it is a new global sporting hub with unparalleled sports hosting ability".

Griggs said she was "furious" over the decision not to let athletes enter the stadium during the broadcast, and was supported by commentator Mel McLaughlin.

"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games". We got that wrong. "The people who have been critical are also justified", Beattie said.

"That's our fault. that's my fault".

"I am not interested in blaming anyone else".

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also hit out at the ceremony's organisers, today telling reporters those behind the debacle should "hang their head in shame".

"I've been talking to families that were there as well and Kate Jones (Commonwealth Games Minister) also shares that view".

Earlier Mr Beattie apologised on social media, saying on Twitter: 'We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony.

"We were concerned about athletes" welfare, one of the problems is when you've got thousands of athletes, where do you put them?' he said.

'We were driven by the welfare of athletes.

"You want to see the athletes come in".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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