Lauded by organisers as "inspirational" and "innovative", the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have come to an end in a heavily-criticised closing ceremony, with Channel Seven's hosts ripping into the event's organisers live on air. Barely halfway through the program, more than 130,000 of the 250,000 condoms provided for athletes in thevillage had been claimed.
Cameras showed Griggs and her co-host Basil Zempilas seconds after Sunday night's broadcast wrapped, and the "furious" pair immediately began slamming the ceremony as "rubbish" for not showing the athletes entering the stadium.
It also denied athletes the chance to celebrate their achievements for one last time, with the sportsmen and women essentially relegated to members of the crowd as a long list of Australian musicians played through the evening.
Griggs added that many athletes made a decision to leave the ceremony mid-way through.
"At previous ceremonies athletes were herded around, they stand around, they hate it, they get bored, often they don't go", he said. "Should they (the athletes) have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?" "They made a decision not to have athletes enter the stadium".
"Now, did we get it wrong?"
A satisfied Quadri said: "Not the result that I wanted but I am still very satisfied with my performance and silver is better than bronze".
"I'm sorry you're being way too polite", she told Zempilas.
Empty seats were everywhere.
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"We're going back to the village".
Toby Findlay said watching Indigenous band Yothu Yindi was "fantastic", but he left early because "the last bit wasn't great".
After hugging Callea, Bolt bizarrely pretended he was "on the decks" but his supposed DJ cameo did not fool anybody. "We did something special on the Gold Coast and it was one of the best weeks of my life", he said.
It was hard to argue with him on either point.
The events management company is part of the IPG group and leading its organisation of the opening and closing ceremonies was David Zolkwer, head of Jack Morton Worldwide Public Events.
Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie reiterated his pre-Games call for Perth, buoyed by the opening of Optus Stadium, to bid for the 2026 or 2030 Games after they stopover in Birmingham in 2022.
Not that there were many athletes to watch it. She helped India bag two historic golds, in the women's team event and a singles gold.