Mystery woman's identity revealed, LOCOG to probe

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Madhura Negendra
London/Bangalore, Jul 29: The identity of the "mystery" woman, who had gatecrashed into Indian contingent's march past at the Opening Ceremony, was revealed with her father claiming that she was officially selected for a dance performance by show creator Danny Boyle even as the Games organisers said they were "looking into" the issue.

Dressed in red shirt and blue trouser, the woman was seen leading the Indian contingent in the march past alongside Beijing Games bronze medallist Sushil Kumar during the Opening ceremony and her unwanted presence has left the Indians fuming as they had no clue as to who she was.

The London Olympic Games organisers said that they were "looking into" the issue after the Indian contingent submitted a letter to the organisers expressing their resentment over the incident. The incident snowballed into a big controversy back home as a media report claimed to have identified the "mystery" woman as Madhura Negendra, a post-graduate student from Bangalore.

LOGOC Chairman Sir Sebastian Coe said he is aware of the incident and the organisers will look into the case. "I was told about it. She sort of made it into the Opening Ceremony. There is a very important point to take into consideration here. I don't minimize the fact that she got in Opening Ceremony. We will have our own discussion about that," Coe said at a press conference here.

"She could not have got into the Olympic Park without having gone through our security protocols. They seem to have run away with the idea that she just walked of the street and onto the Opening Ceremony. We are looking into it. She should not have been there," Coe said.

Madhura's father K Nagendra also claimed that his daughter was not an intruder and there was no security breach and also apologised for the controversial incident. "My daughter Madhura was officially selected for giving a dance performance in the inaugural ceremony by show creator Danny Boyle," K Nagendra said here.

"From whatever I learnt and presume that she being an Indian, the London Olympics Organising Committee might also have selected her to 'take' the team inside the stadium. This might have hurt our team's feelings. I feel very sorry for that," Nagendra added

Nagendra also said that he was also given passes to watch the show. "I returned on Saturday from London and my daughter would reach Bangalore in next couple of days," he added. Madhura is a post-graduate student and studied in Christ College in Bangalore..

PTI

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