"Should they have been part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?"

Of the nine world records set, the majority were in Paralympic events with the most prestigious coming in the pool in women's 4x100m freestyle relay.

Channel Seven's hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempalas were blatant in their critiques of the ceremony, showcasing their frustration with how it diverted from important tradition and failed to give athletes the chance to celebrate their achievements.

Mr Beattie appeared on Seven's Sunrise program on Monday to apologise, having issued tweets earlier in the day. "They were way too long tonight". I was part of that and it is acknowledged by me.

"It is not the result that I wanted but I am still very satisfied with my performance and silver is better than bronze", Quadri was quoted as saying on the ITTF website. I should not have spoken.

The Closing Ceremony failed to deliver the same ratings as its opening counterpart, drawing in 1.14 million metro viewers compared to the two million-plus who tuned in for the Opening Ceremony. Yes we did get it wrong.


"We came to Commonwealth with about 80 per cent home-based athletes that we believe could do us proud as a nation". They made the decision not to show the flag bearers.

"The athletes would not have enjoyed last night". I positioned myself where I could isolate him against a black background with lights behind to make the water drops stand out and then I shot it at a 60th/a sec to make the drops turns into lines of water. Beattie said he planned to apologize to Fearnley.

The Channel 7 anchors tore the ceremony to shreds at its conclusion.

"Today Im dedicating my medal to my mum, but I want to represent India at the (Tokyo) 2020 Olympics and to be there when they raise the Indian flag", the 22-year-old said looking ahead.

She was particularly critical of the decision not to show para-sports veteran Kurt Fearnley carrying the Australian flag into Carrara Stadium, surrounded by his teammates.

Beattie said organizers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong. "We missed out on that, and I tell you, they've been repaid - there's no athletes in here, and I've never seen a stadium so empty half way through a ceremony".


The ceremony was largely panned on social media, with critics upset about the lack of focus on athletes, quality of the musical performances, speeches and the length of the event.

Griggs said the closing ceremony should have been all about the athletes.

Amber Pitty said ticket prices may have been to blame.

"It sort of felt like we were left out a little bit".

"I was forced to come".


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