Gold Coast bids farewell to Commonwealth Games

Mary Kom is one of the most prominent sportspersons in India and the first sitting member of Parliament to win a medal at a major event

Meter maids at CWG 2018.

Team Nigeria ends the 2018 commonwealth games with 24 medals/ guardian.ngNigeria can be said to have relatively performed well in the just concluded Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia with her medals summing up to 24 after her last game. In both, the Gold Coast and the people of Australia have been wonderful hosts and have generated a fantastic atmosphere from the start of the Queen's Baton Relay to this, the closing ceremony.

The ceremony was even criticised by Australian broadcasters, Channel Seven, with former CWG bronze Medallist Johanna Griggs saying during the live coverage she was "furious" with the decision.

"If NBC could change the IOC's policies, I'm sure that Seven could have prevailed upon the GC2018 Organising Committee and the host broadcaster".

Speaking at the Closing Ceremony, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said: "We've brought meaning to the definition of the Friendly Games".

But a subsequent ABC report on the broadcast arrangement between the Games and Channel 7 stated the network was well aware of the fact athletes would not be included in the footage provided, and that Channel 7 was actually permitted to exclusively film the athletes' entrance.

Beattie, who had previously described the CWG as "inspirational" and "innovative", said he was disappointed the viewers at home did not get to see the athletes.

"Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us". They made the decision not to have athletes enter the stadium.

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"We got cued in in our earpieces and told "10 minutes to air, five minutes to air, two minutes to air okay, we're on air" and then the athletes were cued in".

"The people who are angry are justified".

Prior to the Gold Coast closing ceremony all rights holders, including Channel Seven, were given a minute-by-minute briefing on Saturday morning detailing how the closing ceremony would unfold - complete with a 34-page media guide.

"I hope India's success at 2018 Commonwealth Games motivates more youngsters to pursue sports and creates larger awareness on the importance of fitness in everyone's lives", he said, adding: "On our part, we in the Government are doing everything possible to strengthen the FitIndia movement". "Again, we got that wrong", he wrote.

USA agency Jack Morton, which has offices in Sydney, was paid a whopping $46 million for its work on the Gold Coast, The Daily Telegraph reports.

"Whoever made that decision not to allow those athletes to march in should hang their heads in shame".

While Griggs admitted she had been briefed before the closing ceremony she said at no point in the guide did it mention that "there wouldn't be one single shot" of the athletes.

England got second position with 45 gold medal, 45 silver medals and 46 bronze medals with an aggregated total of 136 medals, followed India with 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and as many bronze medals while Canada got fourth position with 82 medals including 15 gold, 40 silver and 27 bronze medals.

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