Treasure just misses a medal at Commonwealth Games

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Channel Seven's broadcast team were particularly scathing of the event which saw the ceremony start with the athletes already in the stadium rather the teams entering the stadium during the celebrations.

There were also many firsts for Indians at the Commonwealth Games.

Beattie said organisers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong.

Therefore, Seven was unable to broadcast the athletes entry and instead they were seen to be standing on the outskirts in dark.

Sunrise's David Koch called Mr Beattie out over the excuse of considering the "welfare of athletes", with previous closing ceremonies always featuring the athletes. Petter Beattie talks during the closing ceremony. Seven told AdNews that its ratings were relatively consistent throughout the event.

"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", Griggs said. "They are a way for us to come together and share what we have in common". "To be perfectly honest, Jo, so have we".

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"It's so surreal, I can't believe I just won the gold medal", said New Zealand captain Sarah Goss.


She was particularly critical of the decision not to show para-sports veteran Kurt Fearnley carrying the Australian flag into Carrara Stadium, surrounded by his teammates. "We're the Australian rights holders so we can only provide the pictures provided by the host broadcaster".

"There's no athletes in here". Angry viewers have taken to social media to express their disdain towards the ceremony, pointing out how empty the stadium looked with no athletes within it, with some going as far as to say it was "pathetic".

Ricki-Lee Coulter also took to the stage.

"I'm still strong from here and here", said Kom, pointing to her heart and her head. "If we can get such results in our first worldwide appearance, it means we can do more", he said.

This morning, Commonwealth Games committee chairman Peter Beattie publicly apologised for the "complete stuff-up".

The first tweet was then followed up by a jab at the speeches given by several dignitaries, including his own.

On plans to sustain the tempo of improvement in the nation's athletics, the ex-national athlete said: "Our next target is the African Senior Championships that will be held in Asaba, Nigeria".

"You want to see the athletes come in, you want to see them jump in front of cameras, you want to see them celebrating".

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