Muscle pains could keep Pele from
lighting Rio cauldron
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[August 05, 2016]
DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Pele's doctors have given him the go ahead to
light the Olympic cauldron on Friday, but muscle pains may bar the
Brazilian soccer great from the torch ceremony that opens the Rio de
The 75-year-old triple World Cup winner had hip surgery in December and
needs a walking stick to get around.
Brazilian soccer legend Pele poses for picture after receiving an
Olympic necklace from President of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) Thomas Bach at the Pele Museum in Santos, Brazil June 16, 2016.
"It all depends on the muscle pains that hinder his
mobility," a spokesperson for Pele told Reuters.
Pele, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is
considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.
Organizers of the Games invited him to light the Olympic flame
in Rio's Maracana stadium, a role usually played by a
high-profile athlete from the host country.
He got permission from the American company that owns the rights
to his brand name, but his difficulty in moving could rule him
Pele had a new hip fitted in 2012 and has had several other
health issues since. He spent two weeks in hospital for a
urinary infection in 2014 and had prostate surgery last year.
(Reporting by Tatiana Ramil; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing
by Greg Stutchbury)
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