Commonwealth Games closing ceremony panned, Beattie admits 'we got it wrong'

Andrew Cummings
April 16, 2018

Carver-Dias says the Commonwealth Games' role as a learning experience for the country's aspiring Olympians is key to its importance.

For a CGF constantly fighting the perception that a multi-sport event which sprung from the British Empire is an anachronism, there was confidence that the movement was firmly on the path back to relevancy.

Indian shuttlers produced their best ever show at the Commonwealth Games as besides the historic team Gold, India also won a Gold and Silver in women's singles, a Silver each in men's singles and men's doubles and a Bronze in women's doubles.

Commonwealth Games 2018 officially drew to a close when the flame was put away and the baton was passed over to Birmingham, England.

"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle". King will capture her third medal of the Games - victory will mean her second gold while defeat will mean a nice sweep a gold, a silver and a bronze. "It's a surreal experience, winning your first worldwide medal on a big stage".

There were reports many began leaving the venue less than an hour into the event.

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Usain Bolt last week described it as "brilliant" and Arnott, who was born with a condition called Erb's palsy which restricts the movement of his left shoulder and impacts on his ability to sprint, would not disagree with the Jamaican great.

Silver medals were grabbed by Mehuli Ghosh, Heena Sidhu, Sawant, Anjum Moudgil and bronze medals by Ravi Kumar, Om Mitharwal (two bronze), Apurvi Chandela and Ankur Mittal.

Amas Daniel won bronze coming from 4-0 down to equal it at 4-4 against South Africa's Terry Van Rensburg, winning bronze in men's freestyle 65kg. They face Scotland in the bronze medal game. A total of 3 golds came from Manika Batra and the women's and men's teams, Manika and Mouma Das won silver in the women's doubles and 3 bronze medals were claimed by Achantha Sharath Kamal who won bronze in the men's singles.

England's Helen Housby held her nerve to land a penalty on the siren and stun the heavily favored Australians 52-51 in the netball.

Australia's women won 53% of their 198 medals‚ Canada 62%‚ New Zealand 50% (they had three mixed medals)‚ Wales 53%‚ Nigeria 58% and Cyprus 57%.

Both events were played in front of passionate packed houses, reflecting a Games where empty seats were few and far between and crowds were noisy and partisan. Petter Beattie talks during the closing ceremony.

Griggs said her network was not at fault, saying they could only use the pictures provided by the Commonwealth Games host broadcasters.

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