Gold Coast says sorry after drab closing ceremony

CourtesyJuma Miiro

CourtesyJuma Miiro

It was not just the men who stood on the top of the podium, but where they were in cruise control, a makeshift women's 4x100m team had a tougher time on the way to gold.

Channel 7 hosts Jo Griggs and Basil Zempilas couldn't hide their disappointment or anger, as they slammed organisers, and accused them of destroying a beloved tradition.

"Organizers were confounded by local media to taking the spotlight away in Australia, also the athletes's flag-bearer Kurt Fearnley claimed it was &ldquo odd".

Seven presenter Johanna Griggs, a 1990 Commonwealth Games swimming bronze medallist, teed off at organisers, after viewers initially expressed frustration with the broadcaster when athletes were left out.

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

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

"This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast. We got that wrong". "I've never seen the stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony".

Numerous athletes including Usain Bolt also departed the stadium early before the ceremony ended.

The ceremony has been described as lacking star power, even with sprinting legend Usain Bolt hitting the DJ decks and dancing with mascot Borobi during the spectacle.

"I can't put into words how disappointed I am to have been missed off the start list due to an admin error", the 21-year-old wrote on Instagram. Now, I'damn sorry, if I receive an opportunity I'll apologize to Kurt (Fearnley) that morning.

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