The Indian media claim to have identified the "mystery woman" who gate-crashed the Indian team parade during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

The woman has been named as Madhura Nagendra, a post-graduate student and a dancer from Bangalore, according to an Indian news agency, Press Trust of India (PTI).

"My daughter Madhura was officially selected for giving a dance performance in the inaugural ceremony by show creator Danny Boyle," her father, who is a leather exporter from Bangalore told PTI.

Locog chairman, Sebastian Coe also confirmed her as a cast member and said she did not pose any security threat.

"I can now confirm she was a cast member. She was slightly over-excited," Coe told a news conference in London.

"She made it into the opening ceremony. We are looking into it. She should not have been there," he added.

Madhura is a resident of Banashankari area in Bangalore and holds a masters degree in communication from the Christ University in the city. She is expected to return to Bangalore in the next couple of days.

"Being an Indian, the organising committee might have selected Madhura to take the team inside the stadium," Madhura's father Nagendra said.

"This might have hurt our team's feelings. I feel very sorry for that. I returned on Saturday from London and my daughter will reach Bangalore in next couple of days," he added.

The "unwanted presence" left the Indian team bosses fuming and they had no idea who the woman was, or why she was allowed to join the Indian team as they paraded through the Olympic Stadium on Friday 27 July.

"We have submitted a letter expressing our strong resentment on the matter to the organisers. We are still waiting for their response," acting chef de mission of the Indian contingent Brig P K Muralidharan Raja said.

The young woman, wearing blue trousers and a red top, walked next to India's flag-bearer, the wrestler Sushil Kumar, and seemed to be enjoying every moment of the parade.

The rest of the Indian contingent of 40 athletes and 11 officials were dressed in yellow and blue.

"She had no business to walk in with the Indian contingent and we are taking up the issue with the organisers. We don't know who she is and why she was allowed to walk in. It is a shame that she was with the athletes in the marchpast," said Raja.

The Indian officials thought the young woman was part of the organising committee or a security person when they were asked to allow her to accompany the team.

"We were initially told that she would accompany the contingent until the track but she went on to take the entire lap. There was another man also but he stayed back and did not enter the stadium," Raja said.

See the young woman's excitement and Team India's confusion in these photos:

Mystery woman alongside India's flag bearer Sushil Kumar Kumar holding national flag as he leads contingent in athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.Reuters
Mystery woman alongside India's flag bearer Sushil Kumar Kumar holding national flag as he leads contingent in athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.Reuters
Mystery woman alongside India's flag bearer Sushil Kumar Kumar holding national flag as he leads contingent in athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.Reuters
Mystery woman alongside India's flag bearer Sushil Kumar Kumar holding national flag as he leads contingent in athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.Reuters