A mysterious woman in red has caused an international incident at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics after she was spotted marching alongside the athletes and officials from the country of India on Friday night and nobody knows how she got there.
The apparent breach of security was downplayed by the Games organizers who claim the woman— dressed in turquoise pants and a red jacket— was a ceremony cast member and had been screened before she entered Olympic Stadium.
Photos show the young lady's red top standing out among the delegation of 40 Indian athletes decked out in their bright yellow and navy blue uniforms as they paraded inside the stadium. The mystery woman was leading the procession alongside the flag holder.
"We are totally dazed," Indian press attache Harpal Singh Bedi said. "How can a person without any accreditation walk past?"
Indian officials are baffled by the interloper's identity but the media reports she is Badhura Nagendra— a graduate student living in London— who was one of the 10,000 volunteers performing in Danny Boyle's spectacular opening night ceremonies.
London organizing chief, Sebastian Coe was quick to defend British security— which has criticized for its hasty preparations— at the Games.
"Don't run away with the idea that she walked in off the street," he said. He said organizers will have "our own discussions about the cast member who clearly got slightly overexcited."
Are they sure the gatecrasher wasn't just a frumpy Kardashian looking for free publicity?