There were plenty of empty seats at Carrara Stadium for the closing ceremony of the Commonweath Games on Sunday night.
Organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said the decision was made to limit the time athletes, many of whom were worn out from competition, had to wait outside the stadium.
But in an interview with wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott on triple j Breakfast, Fearnley, who heads into retirement from representing Australia with a marathon gold, said there were far greater issues affecting people with disabilities that were worth highlighting. A decision by the artistic creative team of the ceremonies. "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". She said she was "furious".
The move left Seven commentators Basil Zempilas and Johanna Griggs defending the station from accusations that it was to blame.
Standing in front of an already empty stadium, Griggs and Zempilas wasted no time tearing strips off the two-and-a-half hour ceremony, labelling it "disappointing".
The Athletes walked into the Stadium in the pre-show of the Ceremony and before the spectacle was broadcast live. Griggs, who said she was one of three in a briefing on Saturday morning, said the guide did not mention there wouldn't be "one single shot show of athletes watching the performances".
"Organizers were confounded by local media to taking the spotlight away in Australia, also the athletes's flag-bearer Kurt Fearnley claimed it was &ldquo odd". We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters. "You want to see the athletes come in".
"I don't have any interest in making this personal, although many do, as it will only distracts from the real story - perhaps that's the intention of others". We're disappointed. I've got to say we have been lucky to be at many of these type of events.
"That's our fault. that's my fault".
Kurt did get his moment. We got that wrong.
However, Mr Beattie told Sunrise that the reason for leaving the athletes out was based on the competitors' welfare. They've competed, they're exhausted.
"I am sure there are plenty of athletes and parents of athletes from all around the Commonwealth who would have loved to see their guys coming into the stadium and Peter Beattie saying they did get it wrong and, yeah, they did mate", Fearnley said.
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"But we made a mistake".
Last night, it wasn't to be.
They expressed their disappointment over the decision to leave the athletes' entrance out of the broadcast, saying it was not the decision of the network.
These specific aspects would likely include the fact that, while plenty of Aussie musical talent was on display, the actual athletes were left in the dark.
"Did we stuff it up? Yes".
"Whoever made that decision not to allow those athletes to march in should hang their heads in shame".
"I'm just as disappointed as anyone else", Ms Palaszczuk said. I'm still sad that a wonderful Commonwealth Games has been tarnished with such a sad ending.
"We were driven by the welfare of athletes".
THE fallout from the disastrous Commonwealth Games closing ceremony continues with claims of lingering tensions between a high-profile broadcaster and the Seven Network.
'The buck stops with me.
It seems the last official event of the Commonwealth Games was just one too many for some athletes.