Commonwealth Games officials apologise over 'disastrous' closing ceremony


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Beattie claimed organizers were meant to spare athletes before going into the place a very long wait but'd the broadcasting choice wrong.

Images of athletes that are joyous submitting behind their states' episodes are an attribute of closing ceremony broadcasts for a decades in Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

He told Sunrise their decision to not show the athletes walking through the stadium was made based on the competitor's welfare.

He also took to Twitter to explain the decisions of the event organisers.

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony".

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"This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven, given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort. We got that wrong".

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

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Mr Beattie also admitted to media that people were understandably angry over the closing ceremony coverage, and ultimately the buck stopped with him.

Hinch said: "For a few of us this was a disappoint but in the grand scheme of things I think it's important that we've won today and it sets us up for the summer".

Viewers were furious when the athletes were overlooked during the broadcast from Carrara Stadium, with the spotlight instead put on speeches and musical performances.