London: The Indian contingent at the Olympics has got itself drawn into a controversy after a mysterious woman was found to be marching along with them during the Opening ceremony on Saturday.
The woman, whose identity isn't known, was seen marching ahead of the Indian contingent, just behind flag-bearer Sushil Kumar. CNN-IBN has learnt that the woman, seen wearing a red t-shirt and light blue jeans, was neither a flower girl nor a petal carrier. Contingent officials are fuming, saying that they have no idea how she landed up as part of the Opening Ceremony.
India's Chef de Mission PKM Raja, who is also the President of the All Indian Boxing Association, said: " we have no clue who this woman was. somebody from the security pushed her into the contingent, we had no idea. we were under the impression that she was part of the organisation."
"We were initially told that she would accompany the contingent till the track but she went on to take the entire lap. There was another man also but he stayed back and did not enter the stadium," Raja added.
"We have taken strong exception to this. The march past is for the athletes and officials attached to the contingent. We are totally taken by surprise how a person could just intrude into the track."