Commonwealth Games: Organisers admit 'we got it wrong' at closing ceremony

Retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt performs as a DJ at the closing ceremony

The athletes entered Carrara Stadium before the broadcast began and spent most of the ceremony cloaked in darkness as Beattie and a number of other dignitaries took to a stage to shower praise on the April 4-15 Games.

Images of joyous athletes filing in behind their nations' flags have been a feature of closing ceremony broadcasts at Commonwealth and Olympic Games for decades.

Beattie claimed organizers were meant to spare athletes before going into the place a very long wait but'd the broadcasting choice wrong. Now, I'damn sorry, if I receive an opportunity I'll apologize to Kurt (Fearnley) that morning.

LAKEISHA Patterson is eager to step up as a resonant voice for the cause of para-athletes to help fill the void left by the retirement of wheelchair marvel Kurt Fearnley from major Games.

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"I'm furious. They're actually, wrecking a tradition that is so important. I knew that if I was going to get called up; I was only going to accept it if I felt capable of doing the job and they gave me a really big lead so all I had to do was hold it, hold it, hold it".

GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie has surfaced to get a "stuff-up" in the closing ceremony of the gold-coast Commonwealth Games after athletes had been hardwired in the television broadcast and also a series of officials hogged the spotlight using lengthy hunts.

"The speeches were too many and too long. I've never seen the stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony". I was part of that and I acknowledge it. "Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted. You want to see them jumping in front of camera. "I have spoken to Melissa to offer my honest apologies to her, her coaches and to British Cycling", She said.

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