David Beckham campaigns again for Olympic team

David Beckham

David Beckham

Source: USAToday

David Beckham has been an ambassador for the London Games since the committee launched its bid in 2005. He was Britain’s first torch bearer, taking the flame after its flight from Greece. Now all he wants to do is take part.

In Monday’s interview with Today’s Meredith Vieira, he reiterated his wish to play on Britain’s Olympic Soccer team this summer.

“I’ve played for the national team for quite a few years and now I want to represent the GB team in the Olympics,” Beckham told Vieira.

Britain hasn’t sent a soccer team to the Olympics since 1960, mainly due to each of the United Kingdom’s countries maintaining separate national programs. As the host country of the Olympics, it is granted entry in every sport.

The Olympics are traditionally a U-23 tournament, but each team is allowed three players over the age of 23. If Beckham, 37, is selected, nearly the entire team will be over a decade younger than him.

“I’m getting used to that,” Beckham told Vieira. “For the last six or seven years I’m used to being the older guy.”

Beckham has already faced criticism that his selection would come not because of his skill but because of his celebrity.

“I don’t really take too much interest in those kind of comments,” Beckham said. “I have said that I felt that those comments are disrespectful, because I’ve had kind of a successful career.”

Beckham also voiced his opinion that he thinks an Olympian should light the cauldron to end the opening ceremony but added, “it would be tough to say no” if asked.

Paul McCartney confirmed Monday he will be the closing act of the opening ceremony.


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