Sunday 24 September 2017

Gatecrasher 'part of ceremony cast'

Jill Lawless in London

A MYSTERIOUS woman in red has caused an international incident at the London Olympics.

Indian officials are mystified -- and miffed -- after an unknown young woman managed to march with the country's athletes and officials during the opening ceremony on Friday night.

Games organisers yesterday downplayed security concerns around the unscripted moment, saying the interloper was a ceremony cast member and had been screened before entering the Olympic Park.

Images from Friday's ceremony showed a young woman in turquoise jeans and a red jacket, marching alongside Indian flag bearer Sushil Kumar at the head of the delegation of 40 athletes. India's acting chef de mission, PKM Raja, has sent the Games organisers an official letter of complaint about the intrusion.

But London organising chief Sebastian Coe insisted the woman had not posed a threat. He told reporters she was "a cast member who clearly got slightly over-excited." Mr Coe stressed the woman had been screened to get into Olympic Stadium.

"Don't run away with the idea that she walked in off the street," Mr Coe said.

Irish Independent

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