David Beckham: ''Lighting the flame should be done by an Olympian''

DAVID Beckham has ruled himself out of lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 games.
Beckham has been part of the 2012 team from the bidding process, which was completed in 2005 when the games were awarded to London. Since then Beckham has been an ambassador to the games and remains determined to carry on that role despite being left out of the Team GB footballing side.
But Beckham believes the role of lighting the flame at the opening ceremony should go to an Olympian who has previously won medals for Great Britain, not him.
"I've always said, lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian, who has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals," Beckham told reporters.
"I'm sure whoever decides that, it will be an Olympian, but we'll have to wait and see."
The LA Galaxy midfielder had hoped to make it into the 18-man squad for the games as one of the three players over the age of 23. However, manager Stuart Pearce decided to call up Craig Bellamy,Micah Richards and captain Ryan Giggs.
The former England captain admitted he was still disappointed with the decision to be left out, but says life goes on, and he is pleased that Giggs has been given the chance to play at a major tournament having missed out during his international career with Wales.
He added: "Everyone knows how proud I am of representing my country and to do it in my home town on such a big stage would have been incredible so, of course, I'm disappointed, but life goes on.
"My family are healthy, I'm pretty healthy, so at the end of the day, I'll be there to support the GB team.
"It's going to be a proud moment to be there and know that I was part of bringing the Olympics to the East End of London.
"Ryan has had such an amazing career with Manchester United, and with the Wales team as well.
"He may have not made the finals of a competition but the way that he has represented Manchester United and Wales over the years, he deserves to be there.
"It would have been great to be there with him — I’ve got some great memories of playing with him at Manchester United.
"I hope he gets a gold medal."
Beckham also revealed that he has been inundated with support from family, friends and fans alike, and he is hoping that Team GB can pick up as many gold medals as possible
He continued: "The support has been incredible, the letters that I've got, phone calls that I've got.
"Of course, I've had support from my family and friends, they are the ones that care and know how disappointed I am and I was at the time.
"Like I said, life moves on and I hope the GB team go to the Olympics and win as many medals, as many gold medals as possible."
Team GB will play a friendly against Brazil at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium on July 20 before getting the tournament underway six days later vs Senegal at Old Trafford.
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'Siempre dije que un jugador olímpico debe ser quien encienda la antorcha en la ceremonia de apertura, alguien que haya hecho cosas maravillosas por nuestro país y haya ganado medallas de oro. Estoy seguro que quien decida eso, será un olímpico, pero ya veremos.'
David Beckham no fue seleccionado para jugar para Inglaterra en los Juegos Olimpicos.
'Todos saben lo orgulloso que estoy de representar a mi país y hacerlo en mi pueblo natal, y a tan alto nivel hubiera sido increible. Por supuesto que estoy decepcionado, pero la vida continua.
Mi familia tiene salud, yo tengo salud, asique por sobre todas las cosas...estaré apoyando al equipo inglés. 
Va a ser un momento que me llenará de orgullo, estar ahí y saber que participé en la campaña para traer los Juegos al lado Este de Londres.
Ryan hizo una carrera brillante en Manchestr United y en Gales tambien. Quizás no haya llegado a los finales en las competencias, pero la forma en la que representó a Manchester United y a Gales en todos estos años, merece estar en los Juegos.
Hubiera sido genial estar ahi con él - tengo hermosos recuerdos de mi tiempo jugando junto a él en el Manchester United. Espero que obtenga una medalla de oro.''

Con respecto a la mala noticia de que no fue elegido por Stuart Pearce para ser parte del equipo de Inglaterra en los Juegos Olimpicos, dijo:
''El apoyo de mis fans, de mis amigos, de mi familia es increible. Recibi muchas cartas y llamadas telefónicas. Por supuesto el apoyo incondicional de mi familia y mis amigos que se preocupan por mi y saben lo decepcionado que estuve en el momento de recibir la noticia y todavia estoy.
Pero como dije, la vida continúa y espero que el equipo inglés llegue a los Olimpicos y gane tantas medallas como sea posible.''culminó David Beckham.

Inglaterra juega el 20 de julio contra Brasil en el estadio de Middlesbrough's Riverside.

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