Here's Why Everyone Is Furious About The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Here's Why Everyone Is Furious About The Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Major upsets were the order of the day as the pulsating Commonwealth netball competition reached its conclusion on the final day of the Games.

For a CGF constantly fighting the perception that a multi-sport event which sprung from the British Empire is an anachronism, there was confidence that the movement was firmly on the path back to relevancy.

India's best performance till date came at home during the 2010 Delhi Games, which produced a tally of 101 medals - 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze.

The star badminton trio of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were the centre of attraction as the Indian contingent ended their campaign at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on a high on Sunday.

"From its beginnings. the Games were always created to be more than just a sporting spectacle". India finished at the third position on the table behind Australia (198) and England (136).

Leading the men's event with a mile to go, Hawkins began weaving before falling over a kerb and appeared in significant distress.

The men's doubles team of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also settled for the silver medal after going down 13-21, 16-21 to England's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.

"I'm even prouder that in my video for this song I featured a young gay couple - which was also brought to the world stage for this performance!"

Silver medals were grabbed by Mehuli Ghosh, Heena Sidhu, Sawant, Anjum Moudgil and bronze medals by Ravi Kumar, Om Mitharwal (two bronze), Apurvi Chandela and Ankur Mittal.

Akani Simbine led a South African 1-2 to win the men's 100m in 10.03 seconds, while Jereem Richards was handed the 200m after England's Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for hindering the Trinidadian as they raced across the line in 20.12 seconds.

Mary Kom is also the five-time world champion, five-time Asian champion and she is also an Olympic bronze medallist.

The sheer diversity of medal winners was a heartwarming aspect of the Games for India.

Two semifinals and possibly to gold medal matches for the New Zealand sevens teams.

Both events were played in front of passionate packed houses, reflecting a Games where empty seats were few and far between and crowds were noisy and partisan. The last thing they want is to stand in a field for an hour waiting to get into a closing ceremony.

"We had one of the most successful games we've had. we don't want that to be shadowed by one moment", he said.

"People are thinking that Channel 7 has chosen not to show pictures of the athletes, or flag bearer Kurt Fearnley and other flag bearers from nations coming in".

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate was among the dignitaries who might have cut his contribution shorter after his pithy opening line.