When the Indian delegation marched out for the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics Friday something clearly went wrong.
There at the front, marching right beside the flag bearer, was a woman dressed in a red jacket and blue pants. She stood out from the rest of the delegation which was dressed in yellow turbans and saris. But no one knew who she was.
The interloper sparked furious comments from the Indians with the acting chef de mission telling the Times of India that the incident was an embarrassment.
"This was bizarre,” he added. “We will ask for an apology. The Indian contingent was shown for just 10 seconds and to think this lady hogged all the limelight."
On Sunday, Games organizers discovered that the woman was a member of the opening ceremonies cast.
She “clearly got slightly over excited,” said Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organizing committee. “She shouldn’t have been there.” He added that he would be speaking to the Indian delegation about the mishap.
Coe said there no security issue since the woman, a Londoner believed to be a student from India, had cleared security before entering the stadium.