Odd one out: Indian officials have demanded an apology after an
unidentified woman, wearing a red top and turquoise trousers, led
athletes through the Olympic stadium
It was supposed to be one of the
proudest moments of their lives, the chance to show the world that they
were ready to take part in the Olympics.
India's athletes had the limelight stolen from them as they filed
through the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony - by an imposter
who slipped through one of the tightest security operations Britain has
unidentified woman looked conspicuous in a red top and turquoise
trousers as she walked with the team, who were all wearing yellow
turbans or saris. Indian officials have made a
complaint to London's Olympic organisers about the incident, during
which the woman walked just to the right of the country's flag-bearer
Sushil Kumar. The woman was not wearing an identification badge and the team has demanded an apology.
India's acting chef-de-mission Muralidharan Raja said: 'She had no business being there. It was a clear case of intrusion. 'She embarrassed us in front of the
world. The Indian contingent was shown (on television) for just 10
seconds, and to think this lady hogged all the limelight.' Mr Raja, asked if he believed the woman was an Indian, said: 'She could be Asian, Latin American, I don't know.'
Sports Journalist with the New Straits Times since 1994.
My main beat is field hockey, so this blog will have stories that I have written for the NST, as well as hockey news from around the globe. There will be regular updates. I was also the Secretary General of the National Press Club, Malaysia for three terms (six years).