Channel Seven hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas expressed their frustration following the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, which did not feature the athletes entering the stadium to the traditional chorus of cheers.
"Look, we understand many people have been disappointed by tonight's Closing Ceremony". "And, to be honest, so have we".
Organisers have been under fire over the Sunday night ceremony, which robbed viewers of the chance to see the athletes arrive, including flag bearer Kurt Fearnley. "We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters", she said.
GC2018 was an extraordinary event, hosted in a truly spectacular location.
"You know what, it was a handsome games, it was an fantastic games".
In Athletics, Kenya, no doubt, is a power house, but that alone can not make us stand out when other countries totally eclipse us in other disciplines.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks on stage during the closing ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast
"This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven, given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort. We had one of the most successful games we've had. we don't want that to be shadowed by one moment", he said.
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"AFN 2018 season's developmental programmes were put to test at the Gold Coast and we bagged five medals at the Commonwealth Games within five months".
That much was obvious after the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast‚ where Team SA finished close to rock bottom in terms of gender equity among medalists.
The athletes entered Carrara Stadium before the television broadcast and were barely shown to TV audiences as they stood in darkness on the fringe of the stage. In Glasgow, India claimed 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze.
The likes of Guy Sebastian, Anthony Callea and Ricki-Lee Coulter sang their hearts out at Carrara Stadium to celebrate the end of the 11-day sporting event. "Yes we did stuff it up", he said.
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Anne Underwood, accepted the movement's flag ahead of their hosting of the next version of the Games in 2022 and their segment of the closing ceremony reflected the diversity of the industrial British city.
"It has been an honour to support these unbelievable Canadian athletes here in Gold Coast", said Claire Carver-Dias, Canada's Chef de Mission.