Vancouver (AFP) -
California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger was named as one of a number of celebrity torch relay runners and will be a torchbearer on Friday in the run-up to the 2010 Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
John Furlong, the Chief Executive Officer of Olympic Organising Committee for the 2010 Winter Games (VANOC), said that Schwarzenegger will play a crucial role on Friday.
"He has taken an extraordinary position on the environment and has developed a great relationship with the province of British Columbia," said Furlong.
"He is a powerful spokesman and is very popular here. He has been here many times and he helps focus attention on what we are doing."
Schwarzenegger will hand the flame to Sebastian Coe, the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee, while Canadan singing star Michael Buble will be the final runner on Thursday.