Kurt Fearnley's classy response to closing ceremony 'snub'


They became the first team apart from Australia and New Zealand to win the netball gold.

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley, or other flag bearers", said Griggs.

Viewers were furious when the athletes were overlooked during the broadcast from Carrara Stadium, with the spotlight instead put on speeches and musical performances.

He said the welfare of the athletes was behind the decision as "the last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting to get into the closing ceremony".

"It was the intention of the Closing Ceremony creative to have the athletes involved from the very start of the show, enabling them to be all part of the celebrations, " read the statement.

Seven presenter Johanna Griggs, a 1990 Commonwealth Games swimming bronze medallist, teed off at organisers after viewers initially expressed frustration with the broadcaster when athletes were left out.

"I didn't even hear the closing ceremony was what it was this morning when I got here".

"They made the decision not to have athletes enter the stadium".

"They made the decision not to show the flagbearers".

"That part was a little bit, you know, not what the athletes would have liked".

"We missed out on all of that".

AUSTRALIAN basketballer Angus Brandt has revealed athletes had no idea what was going on at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony before finally realising they had been brought in before the event began.

Large sections of seating were empty, while a number of athletes slipped away to the bar before the ceremony had reached its halfway point.