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Comm Games Organisers Explain Botched Closing Ceremony

16 April 2018, 09:52 | Charlene Valdez

Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai won men's doubles table tennis Bronze

Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai won men's doubles table tennis Bronze

As Canadian athletes marched through Carrara Stadium on Australia's Gold Coast during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, they were no doubt reflecting on their experience here, as well as what they learned about what they're capable of.

Bolt made a surprise appearance on the decks as the Games closed in a colourful ceremony with references to Aboriginal culture - although indigenous protests continued outside.

A day after their thrilling win over Jamaica in the semi-finals, England were at it again when they met the mighty Australia for gold on Sunday.

From the equal medal opportunities for men and women for the first time at any worldwide major multi-sport event (133 medal opportunities each); to the very first Reconciliation Action Plan, ensuring recognition of indigenous peoples' rights here in Australia; to the largest-ever fully-integrated para-sport program - we are distinct in the world of sport.

Martin handed the Flag to the 2022 Commonwealth Games host through the Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood.

Seven Network, the Australian television rights holders for the Games, publicly aired their frustration at the athletes' parade - traditionally a core part of any Ceremony - not being broadcast.

Kom, who has spoken repeatedly at the Games in Australia about the problems facing women and girls in India, said being away for long periods for competition and to train was challenging emotionally.

On Sunday about 100 protesters were blocked from marching to the stadium by a heavy police presence, preventing a repeat of the tense confrontation before the opening ceremony.

Michael Shelley of Australia won the men's marathon, but the real story of that race was the collapse of Scottish athlete Callum Hawkins.

Officials in turn lashed out at spectators who took pictures of Hawkins as he lay in distress. Michaela Walsh thought she had beaten Skye Nicolson in the featherweight final, but three of the five judges scored the bout in favour of the Australian. I was waiting throughout her whole routine for a moment where her head disappeared.

"Inclusion is the Commonwealth Games' future, it's what makes us extraordinary", said organizing committee chairman Peter Beattie.

Including the Isle of Man's sole silver, the home nations won 229 medals between them.

Off-field, the Gold Coast's Games were mostly trouble-free. (HS) Prannoy lost close two matches - one to Lee Chong Wei and one to Rajiv (Ouseph) and he could have pulled off one of them.

Out of the total of 16 sports that India fielded athletes in at Gold Coast, medals were won in nine of them.

Earlier in the morning, Saina Nehwal defeated P.V. Sindhu in straight games in an all Indian final to win the women's singles title in badminton.

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