Sorry about that, says India's Olympic gatecrasher
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Madhura Nagendra, identified as a Bangalore student by British media, irked Indian officials in London by her unauthorised presence alongside flag-bearing wrestler Sushil Kumar.
London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe confirmed her as a cast member and said she had been "slightly over-excited".
"In an error of judgment I resulted in walking with the Indian contingent," Nagendra told reporters in Bangalore.
"Of course I have realised my mistake ... I have not breached security which was stated earlier in the media. I have not trespassed, I have not gatecrashed.
"I'm part of the casting committee. Yes, I have hurt the sentiment of my people. I understand it was a mistake and I apologise for the same," she added.
Television pictures and photographs from last Friday's ceremony showed Nagendra walking in the Olympic Stadium dressed in red and blue in complete contrast to the Indian contingent's female members who were wearing yellow saris and blue blazers. – Reuters