Updated: 25/07/2012 15:48 | By pa.press.net

Redgrave in dark over flame honour



Sir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flame

Sir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flame

Sir Steve Redgrave has revealed he has not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.

Redgrave has long been the bookmakers' favourite for the honour on Friday night but said he would be "very surprised" if he was called upon.

The man who is one of only four Olympians to have won gold medals at five consecutive Games claimed he was completely in the dark over who would light the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium.

Told he was the favourite, he said to the BBC: "From my point of view, I think that's quite sad, because it never goes to the favourite.

"You look back through history, the organisers want a surprise. They want people to be asking questions of who that person would be.

"I would love to do it. There's no question about that. I would love to be playing a part in the opening ceremony of some sort.

"But I would be very surprised if I was given that honour. I haven't had any phone calls yet. Everyone else seems to know what's going on apart from the person who's supposed to be carrying the torch."

Other contenders being mooted include Daley Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Roger Bannister and David Beckham.

It has even been suggested the person should not be well-known but symbolic - for example, a child from the East End of London.

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe insisted on Sunday the final decision would be taken by the opening-ceremony creative teams, headed by Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry.

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Redgrave in dark over flame honourSir Steve Redgrave has revealed he has not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.pa.press.net2012-07-25T15:48:552012-07-25T15:48:55Sir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has revealed he has not been approached to light the Olympic flame at London 2012.Redgrave has long been the bookmakers' favourite for the honour on Friday night but said he would be "very surprised" if he was called upon.The man who is one of only four Olympians to have won gold medals at five consecutive Games claimed he was completely in the dark over who would light the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium.Told he was the favourite, he said to the BBC: "From my point of view, I think that's quite sad, because it never goes to the favourite."You look back through history, the organisers want a surprise. They want people to be asking questions of who that person would be."I would love to do it. There's no question about that. I would love to be playing a part in the opening ceremony of some sort."But I would be very surprised if I was given that honour. I haven't had any phone calls yet. Everyone else seems to know what's going on apart from the person who's supposed to be carrying the torch."Other contenders being mooted include Daley Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Roger Bannister and David Beckham.It has even been suggested the person should not be well-known but symbolic - for example, a child from the East End of London.London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe insisted on Sunday the final decision would be taken by the opening-ceremony creative teams, headed by Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry.seo_keywordsRedgrave flame W14Sir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flameSir Steve Redgrave has played down his chances of lighting the Olympic flame

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