Mystery woman in Indian contingent a cast member, says Coe

Updated: Jul 29, 2012, 23:53 PM IST

London: The mystery woman who gatecrashed the opening ceremony of the London Games Friday night with the Indian contingent was a cast member "should not have been there," Sebastian Coe, the London Olympics organising committee chairman, said Sunday.

"I hear she was a cast member who got slightly overexcited. She should not have been there. But don`t run away with the idea that she just walked in. We`ll look at it for next opening ceremony," said Coe.

The appearance of a mystery woman in the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics has infuriated the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which has asked the organisers to thoroughly probe the incident.

Indian media reports Sunday identified the woman in a bright red top, walking alongside Indian flag bearer Sushil Kumar, as Bangalore-based Madhura Honey.

"There is no mysterious girl. The incident just exposes the tall claims made by the organisers regarding security. Just imagine if this had happened in India that a person without any accreditation had walked ino the main arena, that too along with a contingent ... all hell would have broken out in this side of the planet," an IOA spokesperson said.

"IOA has filed a complaint and is waiting for a reply from London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Some say the girl was a volunteer. Even if that was the case, how did she manage to sneak in without an accreditation card hanging around her and if she was security cover, then she had no business to be walking in front of the contingent hogging all the limelight," the official said.