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CWG 2018: Indian wrestlers hauled up for security breach in Gold Coast

17 April 2018

"(The closing ceremony) was put together by some arty farty entertainment organiser who doesn't know what the Games is all about", Koch said.

"We wanted to stand there and celebrate our athletes and it didn't happen".

Terming Gold Coast 2018 "the Games of Firsts" in her Closing Ceremony speech at the Carrara Stadium, Martin highlighted the five Commonwealth countries that won their first ever Commonwealth medals on the Gold Coast; and stated that the medals won by Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, British Virgin Islands and Dominica demonstrated the fast-growing impact of Commonwealth sport.

On plans to sustain the tempo of improvement in the nation's athletics, the ex-national athlete said: "Our next target is the African Senior Championships that will be held in Asaba, Nigeria. We should assess our success by participation and the way we conducted ourselves during the Games.It is also time to begin to invest in our athletes if we want to do well in sports", he remarked.

CGF Chief Executive Officer, David Grevemberg CBE said: "The athletes have helped us write a new chapter in our modern Commonwealth's history".

"It was a mistake not to include the athletes coming out into the stadium".

Natalie Peters of WSFm says the ceremony seemed to be about showcasing Australian musicians, rather than athletes.

Hosts Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas apologised to viewers following Sunday night's underwhelming event, saying poor decisions from organisers were to blame.

Inexplicably, after being elected flag bearer at the closing ceremony, para-sports gold medallist Kurt Fearnley barely featured on our screens, despite it being the moment that all Aussies were waiting for following his T54 marathon victory.

Usually, the athletes would be held back and enter the stadium to the cheers of the waiting crowd and with superstar paralympian and Gold Medal victor Kurt Fearnley tasked with bringing in the Australian flag, it would have been a moment for us - the host nation - to really applaud the efforts of our team.

The ceremony has been slammed by broadcasters and spectators as boring - and because the televised version showed no vision of the athletes entering the stadium. "I've never seen the stadium so empty", she said.

The New Daily was told that Seven, which paid a reported $40 million for the broadcast rights, received a schedule of the event ahead of time but had no power to force the organisers and host broadcaster to make changes.

"For me, the Commonwealth Games were a stepping stone for worlds next year, and worlds are a stepping stone for the Olympics".

The team heads back after garnering a total of 17 medals; 4 Gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze; with this been regarded by most as their worst performance since the 2002 Games in Manchester, England.

Australians took to social media in large numbers to criticize the ceremony.

Regardless of how well Australia does at the Commonwealth level, the gold standard in sporting excellence for Australians is the Olympic Games.

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson lauded the inclusiveness of this year's Games.

CWG 2018: Indian wrestlers hauled up for security breach in Gold Coast