Commonwealth Games boss sorry for dull closing ceremony

Esequiel Farfan
Abril 17, 2018

This was equal to the number of golds, but three fewer than the overall medals pocketed at the previous Games in Glasgow, Scotland, four years ago.

"We made a mistake", he said, and claimed the organising committee didn't want exhausted athletes to have to stand outside for ages waiting to come in.

"They weren't put off by being in a field of world champions or world record holders". Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us.

Tatjana Schoenmaker emerged as SA's latest female swimming sensation on the Gold Coast and breathless para-athletes also contributed to the country's medals tally.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close and Aotearoa is celebrating its most successful ever away Commonwealth Games.

However, the Games also saw several protests from indigenous activists who dubbed them the "Stolenwealth Games", a reference to Britain's colonisation of Australia.

Sprinter Adam Gemili, who withdrew from the men's 100m final with injury, said: "We all knew it was going to be in April and had plenty of time to prepare for that". The captivating stories, and unparalleled performances have brought a new meaning to the words "Commonwealth Athlete".

"We were driven by the welfare of athletes".

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During the closing speeches, the Games were praised for their humanity, social objective and impact and the inclusive and joyful message it sent to the wider Commonwealth and world as a Games that would champion positive, social change.

Perhaps the highlight of team Kenya's dismal performance was in the Marathon, where Australian Michael Shelly became the first man since Rob De Castella to defend the Commonwealth marathon title, with Julius Karinga, the only Kenyan in the Top ten bracket, finishing 9.

She told The Witness: "The best part about the Commonwealth Games experience has been the opportunity to interact with other athletes". The XXI Commonwealth Games has, once again, been a great celebration of the Commonwealth touching 1.5 billion populations.

"Inclusion is the Commonwealth Games future". It's a commendable achievement that many athletes broke Games records and their personal bests. They are a way for us to come together and share what we have in common.

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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.

Surely Birmingham 2022 will learn from our mistake in the finale.

"We were looking forward to being part of the closing ceremony and being recognised for what we've done at the games and we sort of walked in there and we weren't really sure what was happening and then realised that we'd been brought in before the broadcast had begun".

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