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Commonwealth Games 2018: Organisers tightlipped over opening ceremony

Commonwealth Games 2018 organising committee suspended the accreditation of local broadcaster Channel 9 for publishing photographs of the final dress rehearsal.

other sports Updated: Apr 03, 2018 22:14 IST
B Shrikant
B Shrikant
Hindustan Times, Gold Coast
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An Australian dance troupe performs during the flag hoisting ceremony of the Commonwealth Games participating countries, at the Athletes Village in Gold Coast, Australia on Tuesday. (PTI)

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (GOLDOC) has thrown a pall of secrecy over the opening ceremony. Organisers have so far revealed that the ceremony will showcase local Queensland and Australian culture and will stick to the Commonwealth Games Federation’s principals of friendship and gender equality.

GOLDOC officials said it will incorporate elements of the local aboriginal culture, which is the oldest in the world.

They have been tightlipped about it, especially after a lot of people criticised the CWG Glasgow ceremony. In fact, the organizing committee suspended the accreditation of local broadcaster Channel 9 for publishing photographs of the final dress rehearsal.

It seemed some volunteers and guests were given a glimpse into the final rehearsal and photos of that were published by Channel 9, thus prompting GOLDOC to suspend its accreditation.

“When people are given the privilege to come in and watch an event, and they break the rules, that’s not high performance, that’s infringing on the spirit which these Games represent.

“It is very disappointing when things like this do happen. I think we have to commend the efforts of GOLDOC in enforcing their policies on this matter,” CGF CEO David Grevemberg said.

The decision will be reviewed on Wednesday and the suspension lifted only on Thursday, informed GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters.

Peters said the programme will be live and lip-synced.

First Published: Apr 03, 2018 22:14 IST