"Should they (the athletes) have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?"
Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers. "And, to be honest, so have we".
But Griggs said Zempilas' admission the ceremony hadn't "lived up to expectations" was too polite.
The pair also informed viewers that Channel 7 was only permitted to show footage provided by the Games itself, and that the network would have broadcast the athletes' entrance if it were allowed to do so. 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. However, having them come in to the stadium in the pre show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium, alongside flag bearers.
"Not have him be there for five seconds, take the flag away and proceed to go to a show that doesn't show any athletes until the last five minutes when they realise social media was lighting up".
"I'm just super excited to win that many medals", said Ruck, who trains at Swimming Canada's High Performance Centre in Ontario.
Garton only became an amateur boxer two years ago, but is now one of the 46 medalists who arrived home last night from the Gold Coast. I'm furious. Actually wrecking a a tradition that is so important.
"While we can't promise you the sun, sand and sea of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, we can offer you youth, energy, creativity and a love of sport", she said. I've never seen the stadium so empty.
"It is understandable that large numbers of athletes chose to depart the ceremony early, to prepare for their journey or attend their own team celebrations".
"The speeches were too many and too long". "I am not interested in blaming anyone else".
Ruck earned gold in the 200-metre freestyle, setting a new Commonwealth Games record.
"We stuffed it up and I apologise to the viewers and the athletes".
During the Sunday night broadcast, Griggs slammed organisers and host broadcaster NEP Group Inc for choosing "not to show" the flag bearers and athletes. "We should assess our success by participation and the way we conducted ourselves during the Games.It is also time to begin to invest in our athletes if we want to do well in sports", he remarked.
The total of 66 also ensured that India crossed the 500 medals mark on the all-time charts in the Commonwealth Games, becoming the fifth country to do so.