Sir Chris Hoy to carry Team GB flag at 2012

Four times Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy will carry the flag for Team GB at the opening ceremony of the Games.

It will be second time that the Scot, who is a track cyclist, has had the honour. The first was during the closing ceremony at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

He told his fans on Twitter: “Delighted to be able to say that I’ll be carrying the flag at the Opening Ceremony! Massive honour!”

Sir Chris said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been voted as the flagbearer for Team GB. To lead out your team at a home Olympics is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that I can’t wait to experience in just a few days’ time.”

Sir Chris secured the highest number of votes from the 542 members of the British team.

His choice was confirmed this afternoon by the British Olympic Association.

Others who have had the honour in the past include Sir Steve Redgrave and Mark Foster.