Commonwealth Games closing

Chairman sorry for flawed closing ceremony

Organising committee chairman Beattie has apologised for the decision to have athletes enter the venue before the broadcast began, which denied inspirational para-athlete Fearnley the chance to carry the flag in front of a television audience.

The move prompted anger towards organisers, particularly from presenters for broadcast rights holders the Seven Network, while the ceremony has been labelled overall as underwhelming and lacking star power.