Where were Games’ stars?

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

LIKE mil­lions of other view­ers around the world, I be­lieved the Com­mon­wealth Games was all about the achieve­ments of amaz­ing ath­letes.

But the clos­ing cer­e­mony proved me wrong.

In­stead of a tra­di­tional pa­rade of Aussie and in­ter­na­tional ath­letes, we were of­fered a hefty serv­ing of al­leged en­ter­tain­ment.

These performers, al­though un­de­ni­ably tal­ented, were not what we ex­pected or de­served. Where were the real stars of the Games, the ath­letes?

Lack­lus­tre and vir­tu­ally face­less Games man­age­ment de­ter­mined we would not ex­pe­ri­ence the proud flag­bear­ers and teams, in a move which ob­vi­ously shocked and an­gered of­fi­cial broad­caster Chan­nel 7, as well as the wider Games au­di­ence at the sta­dium and else­where. What were they think­ing? Then we were sub­jected to an ar­ray of speeches. But still no ath­letes.

With strin­gent and jus­ti­fied crit­i­cism of the “beach cor­ro­boree” open­ing cer­e­mony still ring­ing in their ears, the

Pic­ture: GETTY

DIS­AP­POINT­MENT: One reader says the Com­mon­wealth Games clos­ing cer­e­mony was a fail­ure.

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