India cries foul at the Olympics

A diplomatic row has broken out after a mystery woman gate crashed the Olympic opening ceremony.

"OpeningCeremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 in England. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency.

LONDON - A diplomatic row has broken out after revelations that a mystery woman gate crashed the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony by joining the Indian delegation as it paraded around the track.

The woman, who is not part of the team, walked next to the country's flag bearer and stood out wearing bright blue trousers and a red top while the official athletes paraded in yellow saris and navy jackets.

India was already unhappy at the television coverage of the opening ceremony, believing their team had been showed for just a few seconds as they paraded the flag, while other teams received more prominence.

Now they have demanded answers from organisers as to how their official team was infiltrated at the ceremony by a gatecrasher believed to be one of the performers at the opening ceremony.

The woman, who is believed to be an Indian postgraduate student living in London, managed to walk next to the official flag bearer despite being dressed casually and not wearing the official team colours or outfit.

The Indian authorities are blaming the British organisers, but many ordinary Indians believe the incident is symptomatic of their country's disorganised and underfunded Olympic efforts.