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Beckham ready for opening ceremony role

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David Beckham will play a part in the opening ceremony © PA Photos
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Former England captain David Beckham has confirmed he will play a part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Beckham refused to elaborate on the role he will play in Danny Boyle's £27 million production, but reports in the English press claim the 37-year-old footballer will walk amongst a select group of well-known figures prior to the lighting of the torch. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is also expected to take part.

While organisers remain tight-lipped over the identity of the person who will light the torch, Beckham says he is thrilled to simply have his contribution in bringing the Games to London recognised.

"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," said Beckham. "And for [London 2012 chairman] Seb [Coe] to have kept me involved I'm very proud of that."

Beckham visited the Olympic Stadium on Monday, and says he could already feel the anticipation in the air before the showpiece event.

"I was at the stadium yesterday and the park yesterday and you can feel the kind of atmosphere building," Beckham said. "I was brought up around this side of London and to actually see the changes that have happened and the excitement that's going on is a proud moment."

Due to his commitments in the United States with Major League Soccer side the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham will fly to and from London on a frequent basis over the coming weeks.

"I'll be going back and forward but I'll definitely be trying to get to a few events," he said.

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