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.
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If you thought the woman in blue and red looked strangely out of place among the yellow-clad Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, you're not alone.
Not even the Indian team, made up of 40 athletes and 11 officials, knew who she was.
On Saturday, the Deccan Chronicle, an Indian newspaper, identified her as Madhura Honey, a student from the south Indian city of Bangalore.
On Sunday, the Times of India quoted London Games Organizing Committee chief Sebastian Coe as saying the woman was just a cast member of the gala show and did not pose a security risk to the team.
The paper said Coe planned to meet with the Indian delegation to discuss the matter.
"She was a cast member who clearly got slightly overexcited. She shouldn't have been there," Coe said.
He insisted that the unidentified woman posed no danger to the Indian team or the proceedings because, as a cast member for the opening ceremony, she had to go through all the security checks that everyone else does to get into the Olympic Stadium.
"She shouldn't have been in the opening ceremony. But don't run away with the idea that she walked in off the street," he told the Times.
India's acting chef-demission, Brig P. K. M. Raja told the paper that the country will ask for an apology from the organizers.
"She embarrassed us in front of the world... the Indian contingent was shown for just 10 seconds, and to think this lady hogged all the limelight."