London, July 30 (): The unknown woman who gate-crashed the London Olympics opening ceremony to lead the Indian contingent’s march past has found to be a Bangalore girl, Honey Madhura, who said she was following the rules.
The 27-year-old Madhura Nagendra, who has been known as “Madhura Honey,” is a postgraduate student from Bangalore. She has been in London for the past one-and-half years since she was pursuing Masters in Business Administration from one of the business schools.
Her father, K.L. Nagendra is one of the leading leather garment businessman, who resides in Banashankari 2nd Stage. He claimed his daughter was selected for a dance performance in the opening ceremony by show creator Danny Boyle.
Her family and friends were thrilled about her involvement in the cultural extravaganza of the London Olympics. But, they were all shocked on seeing her in a red shirt and blue trousers, seen marching in front of the contingent, accompanying flag-bearer Sushil Kumar who won a bronze medal in wrestling for India at the Beijing Games.
At the least they did not expect she would be get involved in the controversy for having walked as the “mystery woman in blue trousers and red shirt”.
The Indian authorities have described the scene as a security breach and disrespect to their athletes, they have also asked for an explanation from the Olympic organisers.
But yesterday, Madhura’s father defended her actions and said it was all a misunderstanding as she was told by the organisers to lead out the team. She has been practising Bharatanatyam for many months with participants selected to perform during the Games.
He said it was not a security breach by her daughter as nobody can enter the stadium without security clearance and also apologised on his daughter’s behalf if her action had hurt the Indian contingent’s feelings.
A long-time friend of the family said she might have joined the contingent out of sheer excitement.
In London, Sir Sebastian Coe, Games Organising Committee chairman said they were looking into the incident, after the Indian contingent wrote to them, complaining about Honey’s aberrational presence with them during the march.