Is Beckham Olympics bound David fails to flash a smile at the airport as he catches an international flight
00:24 GMT, 24 July 2012
After being left out of the GB football squad David Beckham had considered boycotting the 2012 Olympics.
But now it is being reported that the father-of-four is set to play a last-minute part in the Olympics opening ceremony.
However despite the promising news, Beckham looked glum as he journeyed through LAX yesterday.
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Why so serious… David Beckham looked glum when he was spotted at LAX yesterday
En route to catch an international flight, the football ace didn't appear to be his usual cheerful self.
Looking as stylish as ever, David slicked his hair back as he sported a grey shirt which he buttoned up all the way to the top.
He teamed the shirt with a pair of black trousers and brown brouges.
Completing his look he carried his Prada luggage set through the terminal to board the flight.
Daddy cool: David wore a grey shirt with a pair of black trousers and brown brogues as he carried his Prada luggage set through the terminal
Today it has been said that a 'starring role' has been created for David to play in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
The part he will take on is thought to be a gesture aimed at thanking the footballer for helping to get the Games to London.
The 37-year-old is apparently now in talks with organisers over his precise involvement with Friday's ceremony, which is expected to be watched by a global audience of 4billion.
Carrying the torch: The father-of-four is said to be 'delighted and excited' about the prospect of playing a key role in the opening ceremony
The former England captain is said to be 'excited and delighted' about the invitation to join the ceremony – particularly as London is his home city, The People reported.
An Olympics source told the newspaper: 'David will have a starring role in the Games and he is excited about the prospect. It's going to be a big, big surprise.'
The role is said to be in recognition for the footballer's work at the International Olympic Committee vote in 2005, helping London win its bid to host the Games.
He was seen lobbying alongside former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Lord Sebastian Coe and was considered to have played a pivotal role during the final days of the campaign trail.
However, he was said to have been so
disappointed and angry when he was left out of the Team GB football
squad by manager Stuart Pearce that he threatened to boycott the Games altogether.
The move was said to have also
shocked Lord Coe – who is in charge of the 2012 organising committee –
and he is thought to have begun secretly making plans to involve Beckham
in the proceedings.
Global stage: About 4billion people are expected to tune in to the Games' opening ceremony in Stratford (pictured)
It is unclear precisely what role the footballer will play, but speculation that he could light the Olympic torch has been ruled out because the footballer is not an Olympian – a requirement under the rules of the International Olympic Committee.
Instead, organisers are said to have added a new section to the ceremony in Stratford to accommodate him.
A source told The People: 'It's all being kept secretive because both the Olympics committee and David Beckham's camp want it to remain a huge surprise.
'It will be a fitting role for David who, let's not forget, was a big factor in the UK winning the Olympic bid in the first place.'
Details of his role will be ironed out and finalised tomorrow, sources added.
David will not be the only Beckham taking part in the Games as his wife Victoria will be closing the sporting event alongside her band mates, as the Spice Girls take centre stage.
She's involved too… Victoria Beckham and her band mates are said to be closing the Olympics as the Spice Girls will reform for one last time
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