The identity of the person selected for the task is being kept under wraps to build drama around the opening ceremonies.
"I've always said lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian... who has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals," said Beckham.
|John Mark..."like a Greek God"|
Four years later the Finns appointed their running hero Paavo Nurmi to perform the ritual. In Atlanta in 1996 organisers chose Muhammad Ali and in Sydney four years later the aboriginal runner Cathy Freeman lit the flame. At the 1994 Los Angeles Games I saw actor and former Olympic decathlete Rafer Johnson carry out the ceremony.
|Roger Bannister...first four-minute miler|
But my pick is 83-year-old Roger Bannister, the man who enthralled a depressed, post-war Britain in 1954 by becoming the first man to run a four-minute mile.