David Beckham is to feature in the London 2012 opening ceremony although it is still unclear what his role will be.
Despite not being given a place on the Team GB football squad, Beckham has played an important part in London’s bid to hold the Games and organisers are keen for this to be recognised – although the midfielder will not be lighting the Olympic flame.
“It is some kind of role in the opening ceremony which I am honoured to be involved in because, obviously, I was involved in the start process with this seven years ago,” explained Beckham.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe added: “David has been an extraordinary supporter – probably our number one supporter – of the Games from the very beginning and is keen to continue his enthusiastic support right to the end.
“He is from East London and knows how important the Games and sport are to young people.”
With days to go until the opening ceremony of the Games, the anticipation amongst those staying in central London hotels is continuing to grow, especially about who is going to light the Olympic cauldron.
There have been a number of suggestions for who should be given the honour. Leading up the Games it was thought that it would be five-time gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave or possibly decathlon legend Daley Thompson.
Mo Farah, the current world 5,000m champion and 10,000m silver medallist believes that the rower should be picked by the organisers.
“It has to be Sir Steve Redgrave, just because of what he has achieved as an athlete. There’s not many people got any medals close to him. It has to be him in my opinion and we share the same birthday so that’s another thing,” Farah told the Metro.