After a closing ceremony that barely focused on athletes and featured long, rambling speeches, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie has admitted organisers got it wrong. "You have to look at the Olympic Games as the pinnacle of athletic achievement, and many the athletes that are going for gold and going for the podium use these Games to measure and help them prepare for the Olympics".
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.
"I tend to think the Commonwealth Games are, sadly, undervalued and chronically underfunded considering their important role in athlete preparation for the Olympic Games", she says. "Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted.
"It was driven by the right reasons and concerns about the welfare of athletes, but they should have been involved". "You did us proud", said Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, as the Commonwealth flag was handed to 2022 hosts Birmingham.
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"Since we came on board, preparations for Commonwealth Games and the African Senior Championship among others have been on the front burner".
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.
There you have it: fans and commentators alike agree a crowning achievement for one of Australia's toughest athletes wasn't given the send-off it deserved. We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters. It was a mistake. "I am able to read them very quickly", a giggling Mary Kom said at the end of her CWG campaign.
This is by no means uncommon, Closing Ceremony's a usually less spectacular affairs.
Other great Canadian highlights included Erica Wiebe's repeat gold in wrestling, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes' gold in the inaugural beach volleyball event, Alysha Newman's gold and Games record in the pole vault, the men's basketball "buzzer beater" semi-final win, and many more.
However, the closing ceremony will forever go down as a shocking error of judgement, putting a dampener on a successful 12 days of competition.