Internationally recognized British soccer player David Beckham will take part in the handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame to be held on May 17 at the Panathenaic Stadium of Athens.
According to the official announcement published on the London 2012 Olympics website, Beckham will travel to Greece to join the official British delegation headed by Princess Anne, who is president of the British Olympic Association and London 2012 board member.
The LA Galaxy player will be accompanied by five young students from British schools and colleges at the ceremony, who have been chosen to participate in the ceremony for their commitment to sports and Olympics-related ideas.
The chairman of the London 2012 organizing committee Lord Coe will be also present at tomorrow’s handover ceremony, which marks the end of a 7-day-long relay of the Flame across Greece and its passing on to this year’s host country.
According to Lord Coe, mixing a giant sports star with the younger generation of England is the best way to promote the 70-day-long relay of 8,000 torchbearers across the country.
Other members of the British delegation include Olympics minister Hugh Robertson and London Mayor Boris Johnson. The delegation will carry the Flame to the UK on Friday evening with the goldish-painted BA airbus “Firefly.” On Saturday morning, the 70-day long journey of the Flame will commence from Cornwall to reach its final destination, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, by July 27.