Brazil legend, Pele, did not light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony, because of health concerns.
The 75-year-old was due to perform the task, but withdrew only few hours before the event at the Maracana.
Pele said in a statement: “Dearest friends,
“Only god is more important than my health.
“In my life I have had fractures, operations, pains, hospital stays, victories and defeats, and I always respect those who admire me.
“The responsibility for the decisions is mine … I have always tried not to disappoint my family and the Brazilian people.
“In this moment I am not in the physical condition to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
“And as a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event and that it will be a great success and end in peace.”