Beckham ready for role
David Beckham would not give anything away when asked about his role in Friday's ceremony
David Beckham is expected to be one of the final torch bearers inside the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on Friday - but he will not be lighting the flame.
The former England footballer confirmed that he will have a part in the ceremony and that the flame might be involved. It is understood however that the 37-year-old will not be the person who lights the cauldron.
The opening ceremony is expected to have a final torch relay inside the stadium, as has happened with all recent Olympic Games, with a number of sports stars, former Olympians and others selected for their contribution to the London Games carrying the torch before the flame is lit.
The identity of the person who will actually light the flame remains a closely-guarded secret.
Beckham told CNN: "I'm excited to be part of such a huge occasion for our country. It's exciting to have the Games in the east end of London and I'm very honoured to be part of that."
Asked if a flame was involved, Beckham added: "I think I might have one aboard."
Beckham was part of the London bid team that won the right to host the Games in Singapore in 2005 and he said he was proud to see the Olympics actually happening in his home city.
"It was seven years when this whole process started and to bring the Games to the part of London where I grew up is so exciting," he said. "I was at the stadium yesterday and it really is incredible to see the changes that have happened there and around about.
"There will be a few events I'm hoping to get to and take my kids to so it should be fun."
Meanwhile, IOC member Dick Pound warned London 2012 organisers of the danger of the opening ceremony march-past becoming a "shambles" if athletes spent too much time taking photos and posting them on social media sites.
Why, when we have better sportsmen and women is this ex-pat has been footballer being given a role in the opening ceremony? In the past he played a few games for England, got sent off for some of those games due to lack of willpower and that has not changed, soon as he could he and that wife p*ssed off to the US, where he lives and pays taxes (not here). Keeps coming back to promote Team Beckham and to get friends to shout out what a wonder he is and why is he not in the Team GB football team?
We now have McCartney spouting off that team GB had got it wrong and Beckham should be in the GB team, this from a guy who lives up in Scotland basically as a recluse and now poping up to tell the manager that he's made a mistake, get real!
Beckham is basically a has been as far as real competitive football is concerned, as far as the olympics are concerned he was just a very small part of a very big bid team, in fact just being rolled out for the photo and media shoots, so why now the big push to get him into the arena - sponsorship money!
Loves how he says "My home town" LA?
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