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Pele will not light Olympic cauldron due to muscle pain: Spokesman

Reuters , Friday 5 Aug 2016
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file photo: Brazilian soccer legend Pele smiles during a media opportunity at a restaurant in London. Pele said on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 that his poor health will keep him from attending the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. (AP)
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Brazilian soccer legend Pele will not light the Olympic cauldron at Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, a spokesman for the 75-year-old, three-time soccer World Cup winner said.

Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nacimento, is considered by some to be the greatest soccer player of all time, but has been suffering muscle pains and needs a cane to get around after hip surgery.

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