'I'm sorry': Beattie responds after Commonwealth Games closing ceremony 'stuff up'

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"You have to look at the Olympic Games as the pinnacle of athletic achievement, and many the athletes that are going for gold and going for the podium use these Games to measure and help them prepare for the Olympics".

After unhappy viewers expressed their disgust on social media, Channel Seven presenters Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas gave an impassioned defence of the network, saying it was not responsible for not broadcasting footage of the athletes.

"We don't really want to be integrated, we're Paralympians and they're Olympians", said Kelly Cartwright, an amputee who won long jump gold at the 2012 Paralympics and competed in the power-lifting on the Gold Coast.

He said again that a mistake was made and that the athletes came in as part of the pre-show entertainment. "We just need to boost the profile of the Paralympics and get that showcased around the world a bit more". "You want to see the athletes come in", she said. Yes, we did get it wrong.

Performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im were included in the broadcast.

"There was no arrival of the athletes as part of the show".

"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".

Aussie para athlete Kurt Fearnley was rarely shown on the coverage as he led his team into the ceremony.

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Martin said other multi-sports events should also shift to medal parity between men and women, although this year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had a record number of women and close to a 50-50 split between the sexes.

The marathons kicked off the final day of competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games and they got underway in blazing sunshine on the Gold Coast. "Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG", the PM added.

The decision to seat athletes before the ceremony began meant Kiwi fans missed seeing Black Sticks hockey captain Stacey Michelsen leading the New Zealand team into Carrara Stadium.

Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie has apologised for what he describes as a "stuff-up" closing ceremony.

"I got to carry that flag around, and thankfully my mum and my sister were in the stadium".

Jack Morton's managing director, Helen Graney, said the company has worked alongside GOLDOC to develop "creative elements" of the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

"You can have a blame game from now until eternity but the reality is, I'm chairman of the organising committee, the buck stops with us".

Zempilas also pointed out the speeches from the dignitaries dragged on for "way too long" and were a little "self-indulgent".

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