Commonwealth Games organisers embarrassed after mistake in tickets discovered

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More than 14,000 tickets sent out for the opening ceremony were printed with the wrong day.

Red-faced Australian organisers admit, the mistake is embarrassing.

The Games kick off on April 4, which falls on a Wednesday, but the first batch of tickets have been issued to customers incorrectly showing the ceremony takes place on a Thursday.

"I was disappointed when Ticketek (the ticketing provider) informed us they had picked up the error", Games chief Mark Peters was quoted by reporters as saying.

The 2018 event will be held in Australia's Gold Coast in the country's northeast from April 4 to 15, with thousands of athletes and support staff due to attend. Peters further said that as of now there were no plans to reprint the tickets.

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He also dismissed the suggestion the error called into question GOLDOC's organisation less than two months before the Games start.

He said the remaining unissued opening ceremony tickets were being checked for the error and with over 90 per cent of the 1.2 million Games tickets now issued, no other problems had been reported.

"Defence has extensive experience providing security assistance to major national events, including the G20 Leaders' Summit in 2014, the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and the 2000 Sydney Olympics", she said.

Bothwell ace Gilmour, who landed a silver medal at the last Games in Glasgow four years ago, will be keen to land women's singles gold in the Gold Coast.

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