The mystery lady’s name is Madhura Honey, a post-graduate from Bengaluru.
Just after the Indian contingent, comprising 40 athletes and 11 officials entered the stadium, it was surprising to see an unidentified lady, wearing a red jacket and turquoise blue tights, also walk right at the front.
“It was an eyesore and she spoilt the entire Indian march past. Before entering the arena, the identity card of each Indian athlete and official was checked by security. I think there should be an inquiry into how this lapse took place and the LOCOG has to explain to India,” Indian acting chef de mission PK Muralidharan Raja.
London 2012 Olympics:India’s flag bearer Sushil Kumar holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.
Meanwhile, an Indian newspaper Deccan Chronicle said the mystery lady’s name is Madhura Honey, a post-graduate from Bengaluru. The daily reported her friend from the college was also baffled seeing her with the Indian contingent. She has been living in London and before she went with the Indian team, she had displayed her Olympic passes on her Facebook account. But once this became an issue, she had deactivated her Facebook account.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is upset that someone strayed into the march past and it could actually have security implications as well. The IOA made sure everybody at the ceremony conformed to the dress code.
At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Sania Mirza came in for a lot of flak as she took part in the march past wearing jeans. The tennis duo of Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao were attired in black trousers and practice jackets. Not only did the two not follow the dress code, the contrast was even more jarring to the eyes when they walked with Delhi paddler Neha Aggarwal who chose a greenish saree for the occasion.
Beijing Olympics:Ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore carrying the tri-colour at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The lady in red is Madhura Honey, a post-graduate from Bengaluru.