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Indian gatecrasher apologises for opening ceremony cameo

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The woman who gatecrashed India's parade at the Olympic opening ceremony has apologised for her "error of judgement" and insisted that she did not breach security at the London Games.

Madhura Nagendra, a student from Bangalore currently studying for an MBA in London, 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 judgement I resulted in walking with the Indian contingent," Nagendra said.

"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.

She instantly became the face of the opening ceremony, with Indian Olympic chiefs outraged that she had "hogged the limelight" that the country's athletes deserved.

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Madhura Nagendra

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