David Beckham's Olympic dream has evaporated before it
ever got off the ground.
Beckham revealed in a statement on Thursday that he will
not be part of Team Great Britain at the upcoming London
Olympics, an event he was eager to participate in after
helping London win the bid.
"Everyone knows how much playing for my country has
always meant to me, so I would have been honored to have
been part of this unique Team GB squad," Beckham said.
"Naturally, I am very disappointed, but there will be
no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone,
I will be hoping they can win the gold."
Beckham, 37, would have occupied one of three overage spots
on the Team GB roster, but instead those spots have
reportedly gone to Beckham's former Manchester United
teammate Ryan Giggs as well as Craig Bellamy and Micah
Richards. The LA Galaxy midfielder missed out despite being
the focus of scouting trips by Team GB manager Stuart
Pearce, who was at The Home Depot Center on multiple
occasions this year.
Even though he won't have the opportunity to
participate in an Olympic event, Beckham has already played
a prominent role in bringing the Games to his native Great
Britain. In April, Beckham was part of the contingent that
received the Olympic torch in Greece on behalf of the
United Kingdom, and then helped the flame get its start on
its trek across the UK.
Such ambassadorial roles are seemingly what's left for
Beckham, who may still participate in the Olympics in a
similar capacity. Playing for Team GB or not, Beckham said
he is still looking forward to the historic event.
"As a Londoner, I have been really proud to have
played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home
town," he said, "and I can't wait for the
Games to begin."