In­dian parade at Olympics marred by gate­crasher


Awoman who gate­crashed In­dia’s parade at the Olympic open­ing cer­e­mony was a mem­ber of the cast from the ex­trav­a­ganza but should not have been with the ath­letes, Lon­don 2012 chief Se­bas­tian Coe has said. In­dian of­fi­cials were in­censed by her unau­tho­rised pres­ence.

“She made it into the open­ing cer­e­mony. She ob­vi­ously should not have been there. I can now con­firm that she was a cast mem­ber. She was slightly overex­cited.”

“How did they al­low her in? It was a se­cu­rity lapse. No­body knows who she was. She looks like an In­dian,” IOA Vice Pres­i­dent Tar­lochan Singh said. “She walked along in the front line. Her dress was to­tally dif­fer­ent. She was not wear­ing an iden­tity card. This should have been no­ticed at an ear­lier stage, but no­body both­ered.”

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