Olympian should light torch - Beckham
David Beckham does not believe he is an ideal candidate to light the torch at the opening ceremony of the upcoming Olympic Games.
Beckham has been linked with the role despite being left out of the Great Britain Olympic football team by head coach Stuart Pearce.
His omission from the side created plenty of controversy, with many believing that selection at the London games would have been a fitting way to bring the curtain down on the former Manchester United midfielder's sporting career.
But Beckham took the news graciously and says there is no ill feeling on his part, despite have played an integral role in the bidding process which resulted in the games being awarded to London.
The 37-year-old, who now plays for LA Galaxy in America's MLS competition, has expressed his surprise at being linked with one of the most important roles at any Olympic opening ceremony.
"Lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian. An Olympian who has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals," said Beckham.
"I am sure whoever decides that, it will be an Olympian."