Game Titles: GOLDOC Chef Beattie apologizes for closing Service 'stuff-up'

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Launching service - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 4, 2018 - Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the opening ceremony accompanied by President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, CBE and also the chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games organising committee, Peter Beattie. "Again, we got that wrong", Beattie tweeted.

"We stuffed it up and I apologise to the viewers and the athletes".

"You want to see the athletes come in".

Event organisers were slammed for not focusing on the athletes.

He told Sunrise their decision to not show the athletes walking through the stadium was made based on the competitor's welfare.

In front of a disappointing crowd at Carrara Stadium, Channel 7 host Johanna Griggs accused the event organisers of destroying a beloved tradition.

There was also concern after a large portion of the athletes and spectators left the ceremony before it had finished, leaving the stadium looking a little bare.

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"This resulted in the athletes entering the stadium during the pre-show, rather than during the live broadcast".

"Should they have been part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?"

Swimming medallist Ellie Cole, who lost her right leg to a rare cancer, said the reach of TV and fans watching was transforming because she was never able to see para-athletes compete to have early role models. You want to see them jumping in front of camera.

"We missed out on all of that".

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

Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt plays the DJ decks during the closing ceremony.