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Coe: Team GB choices will be made on merit

  • Reuters, Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:18 PM

Seb Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organizing committee, said there is no pressure on Team GB men's soccer coach Stuart Pearce to pick David Beckham for the Olympics.

"We have put absolutely no pressure on Stuart Pearce at all," Coe said. "Stuart has to pick the team that he thinks will lift that [Olympic] trophy. I wouldn't expect any coach to be operating on any other basis, whether its wrestling or Olympic football. You can never put pressure on coaches to choose people for any particular reason other than skill and merit."

One of the big incentives for the 37-year-old Beckham to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy was the chance to play in the Olympics as one of Britain's three over-age players. Pearce recently traveled to Los Angeles to watch Beckham in action for the Galaxy.

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