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'Mystery woman not a threat'

other Updated: Jul 30, 2012 00:55 IST

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Olympics organisers Sunday blamed an "over-excited" cast member for gatecrashing India's athletes' march at the opening ceremony, denying she was a security risk.

The appearance of the mysterious woman, smiling and wearing a red top, next to India's flag-bearer Sushil Kumar at Friday's ceremony caused consternation among the delegation.

Games chief Sebastian Coe said the woman, reportedly a student from Bangalore, was one of 7,500 volunteers taking part in the opening ceremony.

India's acting chef de mission Muralidharan Raja slammed the intrusion, but stopped short of calling it a security breach even though she was not wearing the customary identification badge.