GOLDOC boss Beattie apologises for closing ceremony 'stuff-up'

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The first three athletes left the village last Sunday night, with two others declared missing the following day and a further three leaving the village on Tuesday night.

Beattie explained the athletes' entrance was cut from proceedings to keep them from standing around for an hour beforehand.

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

Organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said the decision was made to limit the time athletes, many of whom were worn out from competition, had to wait outside the stadium.

"Athletes and coaches that could not make it to Gold Coast are camping in Port Harcourt for the Continental event so that we will not only host but lead the medals table", he said.

However GOLDOC had an explanation.

"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said his organisation was monitoring the situation but until the missing Cameroonians broke Australian law it was a matter for them and their team officials. "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.

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The team of 165 athletes bagged 17 medals in total, managing only 4 gold medals, seven silver medals, and six bronze medals. Of course. We got it wrong.

The ceremony was even criticised by Australian broadcasters, Channel Seven, with former CWG bronze Medallist Johanna Griggs saying during the live coverage she was "furious" with the decision.

"The other thing there were too many speeches".

I was captivated from the start when Sophie Pascoe was selected as our flag bearer. "We got that wrong". "The people who have been critical are also justified", Beattie said.

"Before the 2018 Commonwealth Games, national records are being dusted by home-based athletes at national trials and meets".

"It was a rocking moment and the entire stadium roared ... the athletes were sent in and the cameras were there, they were tested in rehearsal, we saw it on the big screen".

A satisfied Quadri said: "Not the result that I wanted but I am still very satisfied with my performance and silver is better than bronze". We missed out on all of that.

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