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

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A cyclist from the Isle of Man taking part in the men's road race at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday got a helping hand from a spectator, who lent him his bike following a crash so he could continue the race.

Fans also blasted Channel Seven for showing reality cooking program, My Kitchen Rules, instead of the massive finale of the 11-day event.

"There are no athletes in here and I've never seen a stadium so empty halfway through a ceremony".

The Games chairman is scrambling to explain the decision today, saying they "wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the Closing Ceremony", but admitted on Twitter that he was part of the problem too.

Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas were left underwhelmed by the Closing Ceremony. "Again, we got that wrong", he said.

"What we were trying to do, we were concerned about athlete welfare", he told Seven's Sunrise.

English city Birmingham was awarded the next Games in 2022 after original hosts Durban were stripped of the multi-sport event for failing to meet Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) deadlines.

Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us.

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"Over the past three years, Jack Morton Worldwide, Australia has had the privilege of working side-by-side with GOLDOC in the development of the creative elements of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games".

"For all the people blowing up, I know you're doing it as a sign of kindness and respect for myself and the athletes, but I will blow up when it's needed", he said. "They're actually wrecking a tradition that's so important and part of the games".

Therefore, Seven was unable to broadcast the athletes entry and instead they were seen to be standing on the outskirts in dark.

"Personally, everyone just gets together". It was a mistake.

'We are the Australian rights holders, so we can only show you the footage provided by the actual hosts broadcasters. they made the decision not to show the athletes entering the stadium.

She was particularly critical of the decision not to show para-sports veteran Kurt Fearnley carrying the Australian flag into Carrara Stadium, surrounded by his teammates.

King will capture her third medal of the Games - victory will mean her second gold while defeat will mean a nice sweep a gold, a silver and a bronze.

"Having received such a positive response to the Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast earlier this month, we share GOLDOC'S disappointment at the level of criticism targeted at specific aspects of last night's ceremony".

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