Commonwealth Games officials apologise over 'disastrous' closing ceremony

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2018

"Kurt has definitely been a big part of paving the way for what para-sports have become in Australia and he's been inspiring for me and all those other strong athletes who have overcome hurdles", Patterson, 19, said.

It wasn't just the 63 Aussie para-athletes swooping on 15 golds that elevated the goodwill but competitors like blind para-sprinter Ananias Shikongo, who took inclusion to another level as Namibia's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.

Viewers were also left disappointed, as they missed out seeing wheelchair racing gold medallist, Kurt Fearnley, carrying the Australian flag. We were driven by the welfare of athletes.

The part of the closing ceremony that organisers chose to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im.

"We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters".

Event organisers were slammed for not focusing on the athletes.

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"I was lucky to win the second; we both had game points".

"I think either way they were going to do it, there was going to be quite a bit of standing around", he told Channel 7.

"You want to see the athletes come in". You want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.

Numerous athletes including Usain Bolt also departed the stadium early before the ceremony ended.

Australia blitzed the medal tally with 80 gold, matching its haul in 1998 to make it the country's fourth most successful Commonwealth Games behind Victoria, Canada (87 gold, 1994), Melbourne (84, 2006) and Manchester (82, 2002). "I've never seen the stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony".

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