POSTED: September 7th 2009

Beckham targets active role at London Games in 2012

David Beckham: still in the England frame /
David Beckham: still in the England frame /

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: David Beckham is hoping to play a more active role at London 2012 than as ‘mere’ event ambassador but that depends on the political to-ing and fro-ing between FIFA and IOC over the rules and regulations governing the Olympic football tournament then.

Beckham, still a member of England’s senior World Cup squad, has indicated that he would like to be part of the Olympic football effort either as a player or on the coaching staff.

He would be 37 by the summer of 2012 so his only faint hope of playing would be if the international football federation decides to maintain a permission for each nation to include three players over the age-limit of 23.

Beckham, born and brought in east London in Leystonstone, said: “I was was very proud to play a part in bringing the Olympics to London. It was such a great thrill when we were awarded them in Singapore in 2005 so to go on to be a part of 2012 itself would be just terrific.

Blatter hint

"I would certainly love to be involved with the GB football team. Obviously, I would be very much an 'older' player by then but I definitely want to be involved there in some capacity."

At the end of the Beijing Games the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, had said he expected the under-23 limit to be maintained for London albeit without the over-age option. FIFA’s executive then decided in favour of cutting the age limit to under-21 which was a step too far for the International Olympic Committee.

The issue is back in the agenda for September 29-30 in Rio de Janeiro. FIFA has discounted claims in some sections of the South America media, ahead of that meeting, that the executive may consider pulling out of the Olympic Games altogether.

Keywords · London 2012 · Beckham · Olympic football · Blatter · FIFA · IOC

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