David Beckham has suggested he is not the right man to light the Olympic flame to officially open the London Games, saying the honour should go to an Olympian who has won gold medals.
Admitting his disappointment at failing to make Britain's Olympic soccer squad, Beckham took himself out of the running for one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed on a sportsman or woman but offered no hint as to who should have the job of lighting the cauldron on July 27.
“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,' Beckham said. After the decision to leave Beckham out of the Team GB soccer squad was announced, the odds on the Los Angeles Galaxy player lighting the Olympic cauldron were slashed with British bookmakers Ladbrokes quoting 5/1 at the time.
Crackdown on London beggars
Oxford Street and March Arch near Hyde Park are some of the most popular tourists spots in London, but scratch the surface and a different picture emerges of anti-social behaviour and begging in the area, prompting a new police crackdown. A closer look around the area reveals bedding and other belongings of beggars in the undergrowth and bushes surrounding Marble Arch. The items are often hidden away during the day to try to prevent their detection.
China’s Age-old problem
Shanghai: Age fabrication is widespread in Chinese sports, according to boxing world champion Ren Cancan, a hot contender for flyweight gold in the inaugural women's tournament at the London Olympics.
Ren would know. She celebrates her birthday on a different date to the one she has long used to register at international tournaments. “This is very common in China, especially in competition from the municipal level to the provincial level,” Ren said. “There are less people doing so once they reach the national level.”