London 2012 chief Lord Coe says ministers should anticipate being treated as pantomime villains.
Politicians should expect to be treated as “pantomime villains” and booed as they hand out medals at the Paralympics, Games chief Lord Coe has said.
The pair were among a select few who have been on the receiving end of abuse in the 80,000-seater venue, which is normally packed with fans, who cheer on athletes of all abilities and nationalities.
But Lord Coe said it was common for political figures to become “the pantomime villain” and defended the decision to invite them to present medals.
He said: “There are 500 medal ceremonies, we require over 1,000 people, not just politicians, and from time to time, I know from my own personal experience, you do become the pantomime villain in politics.
“I don’t think that we should read too much into that and I think it’s really important that politicians have been seen supporting the two greatest sporting events in our lifetimes.
“Politicians are bold enough and brave enough to know that sometimes that is the landscape that they are in.”
Ms May was jeered on Tuesday when it was announced she was to present the medals for the men’s 1500m T20, won by Peyman Bazanjan of Iran.
The reception was not quite as hostile as that given to Mr Osborne, who was booed on Monday when the crowd was told he was to present the winners of the men’s T38 400m race with their medals.
But it was more than enough to make Ms May look uncomfortable.
By contrast, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was cheered loudly when he presented winners’ medals, and there was wild applause for British javelin legend Tessa Sanderson as she was introduced.
At Prime Ministers Questions, Labour leader Ed Miliband said the crowd was reflecting the feelings of the whole country.
The Government has been under fire from disabled rights groups for awarding a contract to carry out “fit for work” assessments to Paralympic sponsor Atos.
Rallies have been staged by activists over tests which have been described as “damaging and distressing”.
The Prime Minister also received a less than enthusiastic reception from spectators at the Aquatics Centre on Sunday.
Former Labour prime minister and Chancellor Gordon Brown received a hearty cheer when he presented medals to the swimmers.
A Downing Street spokesman said the booing would not stop ministers going to the Games. “It is important (they) are seen to be in support of the Paralympics. Ministers have been going and will continue to do so.”