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Gold Coast bids memorable farewell to CWG athletes

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

If the opening was about history and traditions, the signing off was all about celebration as threw a big party to mark the end of the 21st with the legendary M C carrying the flag for at the closing ceremony.

A packed Carrara stadium bid goodbye to the thousands of athletes and officials, who descended on this coastal city for 12 days of competition during which pulled off its third-best ever medal count of 66, 26 of them gold.

"The calibre of athletes has been unparalleled, showcasing world record holders, sporting greats and breakthrough performances from young athletes," Federation said in his address.

"While the Games is coming to a close, the future of sport in the Commonwealth is very bright indeed. In fact, in 2018, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sport are more relevant than ever before," she further stated.

After an opening that revolved around Australia's aboriginal heritage and one which stirred emotions, it was all about letting hair down at the closing.

There were performances by several of Australia's singing stars, joined by flag-waving athletes. The Indian contingent was led by Mary Kom, who claimed a gold medal after making her event debut at 35.

The ceremony also paid tribute to the 15,000 volunteers, called the Games Shapers, for their dedication in making the event a success. The volunteer force was made a part of the ceremony.

The final farewell was given by representatives of language minority -- the Yugambeh, an aboriginal clan, which is considered the of

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 17:30 IST
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