Shining Sunday as India ends CWG campaign on a high

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The team heads back after garnering a total of 17 medals; 4 Gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze; with this been regarded by most as their worst performance since the 2002 Games in Manchester, England.

Fearnley told a local radio show on Monday afternoon that the ceremony omission had been disappointing.

"Truly if we want a Games that is representative of all the people across the Commonwealth, then our athletes need to be truly representative", said the American, a former senior executive at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

A host of fans and closing ceremony viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over the finale to the Games. To be brutally honest, most of the athletes left during the ceremony. He also said he wasn't interested in blaming anyone else for the mistake.

"I will engage with everyone when there is a real solid circumstances to blow up".

"The secret to my success is my fitness and I am very quick".

She was particularly critical of the decision not to show para-sports veteran Kurt Fearnley carrying the Australian flag into Carrara Stadium, surrounded by his teammates. Expectedly, South Africa was the highest placed African team as they finished in the sixth position with a total haul of 37 medals comprising 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals.

"Walking out last night we were a little bit disappointed, a little bit confused", he said.

"They were responsible for getting it right and if you can't get the athletes right what are you doing taking on the project?"

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"These Games have changed the conversation; changed the way we think about the Commonwealth, about the city of Gold Coast, about Queensland, about what it means to be a Commonwealth citizen and that's the start of a legacy", Grevemberg said.

"The athletes didn't really know what was happening. I'm furious", she said.

"They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games".

Commonwealth Games organisers slammed for closing ceremony.

This is the Commonwealth Games, where Paralympic athletes are not just included but fully integrated in the teams, and their events in the programme.

Established stars such as wrestler (and closing ceremony flag-bearer) Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., and swimmer Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., got to see where they stand at the midway point between Olympics, but the Gold Coast Games were also about who's next. They did get it wrong tonight. They made decisions not to have athletes enter the stadium.

"We were driven by the welfare of athletes". I was part of that and I acknowledge it.

"What we're trying to do is make sure that these athletes can get to compete against, say, the Americas or. one other country that we can have a fantastic competition with, like Duel in the Pool".