Must Read!!! Why Pele withdrew from 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony

Brazil legend, Pele, did not light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony, because of health concerns.

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The 75-year-old was due to perform the task, but withdrew only few hours before the event at the Maracana.

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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.”

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