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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