Calcutta/Bangalore: The identity of the ‘mystery’ woman, who had gatecrashed into the Indian contingent’s march past at the opening ceremony of the Games, has been revealed.
The lady, who hogged the limelight on Friday, hails from Bangalore, with her father claiming that she was officially selected for a dance performance by show director Danny Boyle.
Her father, Nagendra, made a brief statement to the media in Bangalore confirming that the woman in red and turquoise is indeed his daughter Madhura Nagendra.
However, the Games organisers have began a probe and have said that they were “looking into” the issue. The Indian contingent had submitted a letter to the organisers expressing their resentment over the incident.
LOCOG chairman, Lord 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 minimise the fact that she got into the opening ceremony. We will have our own discussion about that,” Coe said, at a press conference, on Sunday.
“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 into the opening ceremony. We are looking into it... She should not have been there,” Coe said. But Madhura’s father claimed that his daughter was not an intruder. She is a former student of Christ University, Bangalore, and has been living in London since 2009.
She was a volunteer selected by the Olympics organisers, said Nagendra, adding that his daughter is a classical dancer. “The cameramen won’t know who she is,” he said about his daughter.