The mystery woman who has caused such an international stir from the opening games has been found. Fingers have been pointed in every direction after a mysterious woman was shown walking with the Indian athletes in the opening ceremony of the Olympics. People demanded to know who could possibly walk to the front of a team and participate in the almost sacred progression for elite athletes. The answer is Madhura Nagendra, a graduate student from the southern city of Bangalore.
Nagendra is currently pursuing an MBA in London and was a volunteer at the Olympics when she decided to march along side of Indian flag bearer Sushil Kumar. The Indian team denounced the security at the Olympics for allowing someone to simply join the procession without an athletic outfit or credential. An official letter of complaint has been lodged and her parents have moved to an undisclosed location to avoid the crush of media attention in India. However, her father K.L. Nagendra insisted that someone invited her to join the delegation. He is quoted as saying “She was a part of the opening ceremony as a dancer. She was later asked by someone in the organizing committee to be a part of the Indian march past.”
If so, that member of the organizing committee is not likely to return to any Olympics. It would seem odd to first believe that you can walk with the athlete in a ceremony reserved for competitors and then walk at the front of the team with the flag bearer. That is the Gold Medal of Chutzpah.
Source: NY Daily News