Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

GOLDOC "Disappointed"

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Commonwealth Games organisers have admitted to their mistake after the uproar over last night's Closing Ceremony.

Viewers were furious when the athletes were overlooked during the broadcast from Carrara Stadium, with the spotlight instead put on speeches and musical performances.

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

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement.

"This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast.

"GOLDOC appreciates that this decision therefore did not provide the opportunity for the television audiences to share this moment."

There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare.

However GOLDOC had an explanation.

"With over half the athletes scheduled to depart the Gold Coast tomorrow, it is understandable that large numbers of athletes chose to depart the ceremony early, to prepare for their journey or attend their own team celebrations," it said.

"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."

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