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Rio Olympics 2016: Pelé won't light Olympic flame due to poor health

Written By Scott Ridge
Pele - cropped
AFP

Brazilian soccer icon Pelé will miss Friday's opening ceremony in Rio due to poor health.

Multiple reports say Brazil's most globally recognized athlete informed the organizing committee of his overall condition. Pelé was scheduled to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony.

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Pelé, 75, is a three-time World Cup soccer champion. There had been reports that several sponsorship deals could prevent him from lighting the cauldron, prior to the news regarding his health. 

Initial reports did not specify the nature of Pelé's ailments.

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