Monday, 16 July, 2018

21st Commonwealth Games concludes with new medal record for Sri Lanka

TV Host Blasts Comm Games Closing Ceremony Live On Air 21st Commonwealth Games concludes with new medal record for Sri Lanka
Tamara Craig | 16 April, 2018, 12:10

We definitely should. But we shouldn't get carried away.

Several viewers took to Twitter to point out the common theme among performers closing the Games - they were all mostly former Australian Idol contestants. "We did something special on the Gold Coast and it was one of the best weeks of my life", he said.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

A contrite Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie issued a mea culpa Monday for opting not to show the athletes enter Carrara Stadium in the televised portion of Sunday's closing ceremonies. "I am not interested in blaming anyone else", he said.

"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. Its website says the company was responsible for "handling incoming video and audio from the venues and distributing it to broadcast rights-holders' home countries".

New Zealand's David Liti was given the David Dickson award for being the outstanding athlete of the Games before Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, infamously snubbed from a speaking role at the opening ceremony, gave a speech that was nearly instantly forgotten. The last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting to get into a closing ceremony.

Performer Ricki-Lee Coulter called the controversy "a little bit sad", and said the vibe in the stadium was "amazing".

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"I've never seen so many people so proud of representing their country and with genuine smiles on their faces". While Canadian officials came into the Gold Coast with a stated goal of 100 medal wins from their athletes, their real aim was to use this event as a stepping stone towards Tokyo.

"Personally, everyone just gets together".

Prime Minister Houenipwela said he hopes the facilities the Government will build in preparation for the 2023 Pacific Games will help the country's athletes train and pave the way for Solomon Islands to win more medals at the Commonwealth Games and other worldwide competitions.

Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and producer from the Gold Coast, Amy Shark opened the show with the song "Let Love Rule" followed by a performance by Archie Roach, joined by Voice of Birralee and the Yugambeh Youth Choir.

The Closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018 will broadcast on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD in English Commentary.

Rob Moran is an Entertainment reporter for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times.

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