Olympic Games ambassador David Beckham was on hand to launch the search for torchbearers for the 2012 London Games on Monday.Beckham was joined by Royal family member Zara Phillips, a former Eventing World Champion, in promoting the search for members of the public to carry the Olympic flame.
The Olympic Torch relay will begin at Land’s End on May 19, 2012 and travel thousands of miles through the United Kingdom before ending at the opening ceremony 70 days later.
Members of the public have been asked to nominate community leaders for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the torch on its journey to London.
London Games chairman Lord Sebastian Coe also attended the event and called on people across the UK to take part in the spirit and celebration of the torch relay.
“The torch is the way the Games were brought into people’s communities, literally sometimes, even to their own backyard (in the past),” Lord Coe said.
“With 410 days to go, this really is an extraordinary opportunity for us to start broadening and embedding those values.”
“They are everyone’s Games and that’s why we’re here.”
Beckham, who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in the United States, also revealed he would love to be one of Great Britain’s over-aged stars at the 2012 Games.
Olympic teams are made up of players under 23 but can include three senior players, and the former England captain is being touted for one last hurrah.
“Decisions are still to be made but I’d love to be part of it,” said Beckham, who made his last international appearance against Belarus in October 2009.
“I’m an East End lad and being English born and bred, it would be something I’d be very honoured to be part of.”
“Football has been a part of my life for many years and to be a part of that would be incredible. We’ll see what role I’ll play in the build-up or at the Olympics, but I’ll be there as a fan.”