The 37-year-old midfielder will inaugurate the Summer Games by bringing the Olympic torch from Greece to the UK.The 2012 Olympic organizers have announced that Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will bring the Olympic flame from Greece as the torch begins an 8,000-mile tour across England.
Beckham will join Olympic officials at a handover ceremony in Athens on Thursday.
Organizers confirmed on Wednesday that the former England captain will carry the torch back to the UK on a flight Friday, along with Princess Anne and other officials.
Beckham was part of the delegation that helped London secure the Summer Games ahead of a 2005 vote.
A total of 8,000 people will lift the torch during a 70-day relay that will begin in Cornwall, southern England, and reach the Shetland Islands, off Scotland's north coast.
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