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Pel will not attend Rio Olympics opening ceremony due to poor health

Pel says his poor health will keep him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics

Pel says his poor health will keep him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

In a statement on Friday, the Brazilian said: Im not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics.

The opening ceremony will need to fill a void without Brazils most famous sportsman. He had hip surgery several years ago and often walks with the help of a cane.

In his statement, Pel wrote: Only God is more important than my health. In my life, Ive had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And Ive always respected those who admire me.

Saying that it was my own decision, Pel apologised for disappointing Brazilians and added: As a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/aug/05/pele-will-not-attend-rio-olympics-opening-ceremony-health