Commonwealth Games 2018 conclude with India bagging third position in medals tally

Bessie Dean
April 17, 2018

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie admitted in the aftermath of the event, which saw most of the athletes leave before the ceremony had finished, that it was a "stuff up" and organisers "got it wrong".

Instead, Seven shared footage shot earlier on Sunday night of the athletes in the stadium, including Fearnley.

Fearnley told a local radio show on Monday afternoon that the ceremony omission had been disappointing.

The next edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, will be hosted in Birmingham, England, from July 27 to August 7.

"We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony".

Many athletes and fans left the closing ceremonies early, according to reports.

President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian contingent.

"I've never been in a stadium or a Games like that where there are so many people cheering for you and rooting for you", LePage said after his medal win.

"I will engage with everyone when there is a real solid circumstances to blow up". Seema's fourth successive medal at the Games was a testimony to her longevity.

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NO OLYMPIC INTEGRATION From a handful of exhibition wheelchair races in Victoria in 1994, the Paralympic element of the Commonwealth Games has grown to 38 medals in seven sports on the Gold Coast.

"Wake up, we're all in this together", she said, asked about the importance of having an equal number of medals. You want to see the athletes coming in, you want to see them jumping in front of the camera, you want to see them celebrating 11 days of great sport.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin urged all multi-sports tournaments to follow its lead and have equal medals for men and women as she insisted the competition still had a role in the modern era.

"The athletes didn't really know what was happening. The whole family is proud of her", Raseboya said. "They're actually wrecking a tradition that's so important and part of the games".

Images of joyous athletes filing in behind their nations' flags have been a feature of closing ceremony broadcasts at Commonwealth and Olympic Games for decades.

Said Botes: "It's been a privilege to be given the opportunity to represent my country at such a prestigious event and to be able to rub shoulders with some of the best athletes in the world". During the closing ceremony of the sporting extravaganza in Gold Coast, Australia, athletes from all the competing countries were seen marching at Carrara Stadium before the ceremony even started. It was their decision to have them in the stadium already before the broadcast began.

"What we were trying to do, we were concerned about athlete welfare", he told Seven's Sunrise.

Most importantly, it is a wake up call for all the senior pros. that they no longer can take their places in the national team for granted, as these youngsters are snapping at their heels and how.

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