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Exclusive: David Beckham reveals his 'small part' in Games opening ceremony

David Beckham talks to ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott. Photo: ITV News

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, David Beckham has revealed he's been given a role in the 2012 opening ceremony on Friday.

Beckham told ITV News' Sport Editor Steve Scott this evening that he will be playing a "small part" in the Olympic Games.

Beckham said that he will be taking part in the Olympics opening ceremony, as well as supporting Team GB at the Games this year, despite being left out of the Olympic football squad.

He explained how he is going to some of the events as he wants his children to experience the history.

But he revealed his children are slightly torn over who to support at the Olympics.

Team Beckham will primarily support Team GB but they are also "excited" to see some of the American athletes. The footballer said he felt "strange" being part of an Olympic Committee where he was more accustomed to football practices, but said that he felt "privileged" for being given any role.

David Beckham and Muhammad Ali in 1999. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive

Later this evening, Beckham joined one of the most iconic and beloved sportsman of all time this evening, to present a youth leadership award this evening.

Muhammad Ali and Beckham presented the inaugural Generation Ali Beyond Sport Award at the Beyond Sport Summit Reception in London, kicking off what promises to be the most influential 24 hours in the history of sport for development.

Muhammad Ali and David Beckham take part in presenting the inaugural Generation Ali Beyond Sport Award. Credit: ITV News

On joining the Award show and youth project, Beckham said earlier:

Muhammad Ali is one of the most inspirational sportsmen of all time. He is a global icon, and he has touched so many lives.

It is a true honour to join with him to present the Generation Ali Beyond Sport Award to one of this incredible group of young people.

The award recognises a youth resident in the UK as the host country of this year's Beyond Sport Summit.