Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie said critics 'pack of whingers'

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Fearnley was the Australian flag-bearer for Sunday night's closing ceremony but he and the other athletes were left out of the Channel 7 broadcast by organisers in a shocking snub that outraged the nation.

"I'm furious", Griggs said.

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

Beattie, who had previously described the CWG as "inspirational" and "innovative", said he was disappointed the viewers at home did not get to see the athletes.

Beattie said organizers had meant to spare athletes a long wait before entering the venue but had got the broadcasting decision wrong. "I will be getting it corrected once I am done with the Games and back in India", she said.

The highlight of the show, which was not universally liked and saw many people leaving the stadium midway, was a segment done by cricket legend Don Bradman's grand daughter Greta Bradman, who performed along with the members of the Queensland Ballet during the hand-over of the Games flag.

Fearnley, who was an official Games ambassador, said the para-sports program that ran parallel with able-bodied events, made the Coast Games the most inclusive ever.

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"Unfortunately tonight, the organising committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn't get it right".

"The other thing there were too many speeches". I was part of that and I acknowledge it. "The speeches, look we understand the dignitaries need to get their messages out there, including the Birmingham presentation", Zempilas said. "Actually it is Mary but because my passport has the spelling Mery, the organisers have gone with that spelling".

"At the end of the day, we appoint an agency to run the day to day operations of the Games", Palaszczuk told reporters.

'Whoever made that decision not to allow those athletes to march in should hang their head in shame, ' she told reporters on Monday.

The amount of empty seats at the Closing Ceremony, which included an appearance from Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and a handover segment from Birmingham 2022, was also criticised.

Australian boxers Garside, Nicolson and Stridsman were victorious in their respective gold medal bouts, the latter completing a barely-believable comeback.

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