Commonwealth Games: Gold Coast bids adieu with colourful ceremony

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"We understand many people have been disappointed with tonight's ceremony", said Seven commentator Basil Zempalas towards the end of the network's broadcast. "To be perfectly honest, Jo, so have we. It hasn't really lived up to expectations", Zempilas fired away (a full transcript of their comments is in today's West Australian).

And to all the people cheering and supporting me, I want to say you are all well appreciated.

"We're the Australian rights holder so we can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters", she explained.

The decision was a creative one by GOLDOC, not the faut of the host broadcaster.

Beattie, the Coast Games chair and former Queensland premier, told Channel 7 on Monday morning that the decision was made in consideration of "the welfare of athletes", so they would not have "to stand in a field for an hour" waiting to get into the stadium.

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Koch was particularly scathing about Jack Morton Events as "not even being part of the Commonwealth".

Queen Elizabeth's youngest son Prince Edward called on the athletes to gather again in Birmingham in four years time before officially closing the XXI Games.

Team Kenya finished 14th overall and 3rd in Africa as the curtains came down on the 21st edition of the commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Usain Bolt and Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi the blue koala on stage during the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie admitted in the aftermath of the event, which saw most of the athletes leave before the ceremony had finished, that it was a "stuff up" and organisers "got it wrong".

Seven was slammed by viewers for not showing any footage of the athletes of the games during the closing ceremony.

"Having them come into the stadium in the pre-show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium, alongside flag bearers". However, the number of golds plummeted from 31 to 15.

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement.

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"Channel Seven now running a 'countdown to the closing ceremony".which has already started #GC2018, ' someone wrote on Twitter.

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