Sunday, 29 July 2012

Mystery woman joins Indian team at London 2012 opening ceremony

Indian officials are mystified - and miffed - after an unknown young woman managed to march with the country's athletes and officials during the opening ceremony.

Games organizers on Sunday downplayed security concerns around the unscripted moment, saying the interloper was a ceremony cast member and had been screened before entering the Olympic Park.
Images from Saturday morning's (EST) ceremony showed a young woman in turquoise jeans and a red jacket marching alongside Indian flag bearer Sushil Kumar at the head of the delegation of 40 athletes in bright yellow and navy blue.
"We are totally dazed," Indian press atttache Harpal Singh Bedi said. "How can a person without any accreditation walk past?"
Indian officials said they had no idea who the woman was. Indian media identified her as Madhura Nagendra, a graduate student from the southern city of Bangalore who had been living in London.
Her father, K. Nagendra, was quoted by the Press Trust of India news agency as saying that his daughter had been chosen to dance in director Danny Boyle's ceremony, and speculated that she might have been asked by organizers to escort India's team into the stadium.
"This might have hurt our team's feelings. I feel very sorry for that," he was quoted as saying.
The mystery woman case dominated Indian media's coverage of the opening of the games.
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