Regret gatecrashing into Indian Olympic contingent: Madhura

Bangalore: The mysterious woman, who gatecrashed the Indian Olympic contingent's march past at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, yesterday expressed regret over the incident, saying "it was an error of judgement" on her part.

"It was an error of judgment. This act of mine disappointed many. I regret my action," she said here.

The lady in question, Madhura Nagendra, also clarified that she had not breached security and had entered the stadium with permission.

Madhura clarified that she had not committed any security breach as she had entered the stadium with permission. AP/PTI

Dressed in a red shirt and blue trousers, Madhura was seen walking with the Indian contingent in the march past alongside Beijing Games bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar during the opening ceremony. Her unwanted presence left the Indians fuming as they had no clue as to who she was.

Madhura said she didn't expect this to happen. "I have a lot of spirit and courage, I didn't want to hide from the media," she said, in response to a query.

Madhura wished all the Indian athletes, and said the country would rock the world.

Madhura said she is a dancer and was selected to perform in the opening ceremony of London Olympics.

Madhura's father K Nagendra on 29 July had said that his daughter was officially selected to participate in a dance performance in the inaugural ceremony by director Danny Boyle.

She is a post-graduate student and had studied in Christ College in Bangalore.

Understandably agitated by the incident, India's acting Chef-de-Mission PK Muralidharan Raja had shot off a letter to the London Games organisers protesting against the incident.

PTI