Madhura Nagendra, the mysterious woman who gatecrashed into the Indian Olympic contingent’s march past at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, today regretted the incident, saying “it was an error of judgment” on her part.
“It was an error of judgment. This act of mine disappointed many. I regret my action,” Madhura Nagendra said here yesterday.
Madhura also clarified that she had not committed any security breach as she entered the stadium with permission.
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 wrester 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 replied 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 the London Olympics.
Madhura’s father K. Nagendra on July 29 had said that his daughter was officially selected for giving a dance performance in the inaugural ceremony by show creator Danny Boyle.
Madhura is a post-graduate student of a Bangalore college.
Understandably agitated by the incident, India’s acting Chef-de-Mission P.K. Muralidharan Raja had shot off a letter to the London Games organisers in protest against the incident.