Debate rages over flame lighter

  • Last Updated: July 21 2012, 13:33 BST

A "mutually-agreed solution" to choose the person who lights the Olympic flame at the London 2012 opening ceremony has been settled on, according to one of the two people making the decision.

Could it be Kelly?

The identity of the person is supposed to remain secret until the actual moment, but according to reports there has been a row between the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe as to who should have the honour.

Sir Steve Redgrave and Daley Thompson are possible choices, as are Dame Kelly Holmes and Roger Bannister.

BOA chief executive Andy Hunt refused to say whether the person chosen would be an Olympian, but said: "The debate is ongoing. We have a mutually agreeable solution - a good solution to the outcome. We are still in final discussions."

Asked if there had been disagreements, he added: "It's all very positive. It's a big topic.

"The decision between the two organisations is joint - it's a joint decision between LOCOG and the BOA.

"Clearly the ceremonies committee, which is made up Danny Boyle and the ceremonies team, will make a recommendation and has made recommendations and we can choose to support or not to support the recommendations. It's an act of dialogue."