Beckham, five young guns to bring Olympic Flame to UK

Last Updated: May 16, 2012, 23:16 PM IST

London: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed Wednesday that David Beckham will attend the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony in Athens and bring the torch to the United Kingdom on its 70-day journey.

David, who was member of the successful London 2012 bid team in 2005, will be joined by five young people invited to take part by LOCOG and the British Council.

The official delegation will be led by the LOCOG chief, famed athlete Sebastian Coe, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The young people have been selected from schools and colleges involved in the London 2012 Get Set Education programme and school linking programmes run by the British Council.

As well as visiting some of the schools in Athens, the young people are set to have a starring role in the Handover Ceremony Thursday at the Panathenaic Stadium.

Coe said: "We wanted to involve young people from across the UK in bringing home the Olympic Flame. Their stories of personal achievement and contribution to sport echo the 8,000 inspiring Torchbearer stories that will be shared from this weekend and over the next ten weeks in the build-up to the start of the Games."

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