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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Beckham to deliver Olympic flame

17th May 2012

David Beckham has been selected to bring back the Olympic flame from Greece ahead of the start of London 2012.

The footballer will attend the Olympic flame handover ceremony in Athens and then accompany the flame on a flight back to the UK. Alongside him will be five youngsters who have been selected because of their own commitment to their chosen sports.

LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: "We wanted to involve young people from across the UK in bringing home the Olympic flame.

"Their stories of personal achievement and contribution to sport echo the 8,000 inspiring Torchbearer stories that will be shared from this weekend and over the next ten weeks in the build up to the start of the Games."

Beckham has been chosen to accompany the official delegation to Greece due to his role in helping the London 2012 bid team successfully win the chance to host the Games in 2005.

Once the flame arrives in the UK, the torch will embark on a 70-day tour of the UK, travelling through many cities and towns on its way to the Olympic Stadium.

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie was recently named as the first torchbearer to carry the Olympic flame in the UK. The sailor who has enjoyed success at the Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000 Games will carry the torch from the Land's End landmark signpost on May 19th.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the torch on its way to London, where it will be used to light the official Olympic flame on July 27th during the opening ceremony of the Games. Those lucky to having tickets for the spectacular show should make sure they book central London hotels as soon as possible.


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