Commonwealth Games 2018 conclude with India bagging third position in medals tally

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26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals were collected by the Indian contingent in all as they showed that they are a force to be reckoned with across a number of disciplines.

"We can't be any more honest about it than that", he added.

"I would have liked to see more of the athletes but other than that, I think they did a really great job", she said.

Channel Seven was aware athletes would be largely snubbed from the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony despite claiming to have been as shocked by the decision as the millions who watched it, it has emerged.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

"Athletes and coaches that could not make it to Gold Coast are camping in Port Harcourt for the Continental event so that we will not only host but lead the medals table", he said. "Unfortunately tonight, the organizing committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn't get it right".

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"So we were not able to bring you any pictures because we did not have pictures available to us to bring you".

"If the athletes didn't come into the stadium until the broadcast time they would have been stuck in a field or a paddock somewhere", Beattie told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Monday.

"We got cued in in our earpieces and told "10 minutes to air, five minutes to air, two minutes to air okay, we're on air" and then the athletes were cued in". Koch said the athletes "are the star of the show".

"We are naturally disappointed that the good intentions of the creative did not necessarily work for some of the athletes involved and the broadcast audience".

Local media slammed organisers for taking the spotlight away from the athletes, and Australia's para-athlete flagbearer Kurt Fearnley said it was "pretty strange".

Hawkins was taken to a hospital for testing and Scotland team officials said "there are no major concerns for his welfare at this stage". "They're actually wrecking a tradition that's so important and part of the games".

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"This is the first time I will be India's flag-bearer in an event like this".

Should (athletes) have been a part of the actual ceremony that was broadcast?

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In fact, Carrara Stadium wasn't even close to being filled with a host of empty seats remaining and at one point volunteers were on stand by to fill those empty seats. Having said all of that, and we all hope sincerely this doesn't over shadow the Games.

"I was one of hundreds of dancers and we had the most exhilarating experience and I'm gutted that Australia missed out on it", she said. "We made the decision to show it anyway at the back of the ceremony when we realised what a farce the Closing Ceremony was turning out to be".

"From the average knowledge of what I have, we have done better here than what we did in Glasgow".

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