The Commonwealth Games closing ceremony was savaged by damn near everyone last night after a controversial decision by the event's organisers not to broadcast the entrance of the competing athletes.
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".
GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie sent out a series of tweets, both apologising for the error and echoed criticism of the speeches during the ceremony.
"While we can't promise you the sun, sand and sea of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, we can offer you youth, energy, creativity and a love of sport", she said.
Carver-Dias says the Commonwealth Games' role as a learning experience for the country's aspiring Olympians is key to its importance.
Participants and visitors also appreciated the handsome locale that is the Gold Coast - and the beaches, surf and sand did not disappoint.
Beattie claimed organizers were meant to spare athletes before going into the place a very long wait but'd the broadcasting choice wrong.
Team Australia topped the medals table with 198, followed by England with 136 while Malaysia finished 12 with seven gold, five silver and 12 bronze.
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Gold Coast: Indian star shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and the men's doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the finals while the women's doubles combine of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy bagged the bronze medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Saturday. "I told myself that it is easy but I had to be prepared for everything", she said.
The last medals on offer were a Sunday spread.
Images of joyous athletes filing in behind their nations' flags have been a feature of closing ceremony broadcasts at Commonwealth and Olympic Games for decades.
Off-field, the Gold Coast's Games were mostly trouble-free.
"And you can always measure each Games with different things that are unique. We got that wrong", Mr Beattie admitted on Twitter.
"It's our best ever overseas games, we're very, very happy". What have been your lasting memories from this Commonwealth Games? "And they were inspirational".
"They made the decision not to have the actual athletes enter the stadium, they made the decision not to show the flag-bearers and I'm furious", Griggs said.
"You have delivered a truly Golden Games for the Commonwealth", Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin said.