India is demanding an apology over a mystery woman in red who appeared to gatecrash the country’s Olympic parade. The woman was not an athlete, and had simply taken part in the opening ceremony.
Indian team officials were angered at her presence, saying that her actions embarrassed India in front of the world.
Responding to the incident, London 2012 chief Lord Coe said the woman had been a cast member who had been over excited, and that she should not have been there.
The Indian delegation is taking the matter very seriously, asking how a person with no accreditation could simply join and lead the procession.
Harpal Singh Bedi, the Indian team press attache said: “My contention is that if this had happened in India people would say ‘you don’t know how to run the games’.”
Several Indian news websites claim to have identified the woman as a post-graduate student from Bangalore but those reports are unconfirmed.
Olympic organisers say they will release a statement on the matter.
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