5 of the greatest achievements by Indians at the Commonwealth Games

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Sunrise's David Koch called Mr Beattie out over the excuse of considering the "welfare of athletes", with previous closing ceremonies always featuring the athletes.

Athletes compete during the athletics women's marathon final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Southport Broadwater Parklands venue on the Gold Coast on April 15, 2018. Without a shadow of doubt among the greatest athletes of their respective sports but faced with questions about their future quite often now, the duo chose to show what it means to turn the clock back.

Empty seats, slam poetry and a lack of star power made for an underwhelming spectacle as the 21st Games drew to a close at Carrara Stadium on Sunday night.

"It was driven by the right reasons and concerns about the welfare of athletes, but they should have been involved".

The events management company is part of the IPG group and leading its organisation of the opening and closing ceremonies was David Zolkwer, head of Jack Morton Worldwide Public Events. Seven told AdNews that its ratings were relatively consistent throughout the event.

"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.

"Look, we understand many people have been disappointed by tonight's Closing Ceremony". "And, to be honest, so have we".

"I'm sorry you're being way too polite", Griggs responded.

"People are thinking Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fernley or other nation's flag bearers coming in".

"There's no athletes in here".

He said: "This is something I have always dreamed of but never thought it was possible".

Ricki-Lee Coulter also took to the stage. "Them to me, me to them as much as I can", he added with a laugh.

Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent".

"We had our best team that we've ever fielded for a Games and a very young team in many sports", she says.

GOLDOC has released a statement today apologising for a major planning error.

'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.

"It was the intention of GOLDOC to celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes and provide them with a great experience", the statement read.

Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie has apologised for what he describes as a "stuff-up" closing ceremony.

Host broadcaster and operator of the event's International Broadcast Centre, NEP Group, were quick to deflect criticism from its coverage.

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