2016 Rio Olympics

Pele cleared to light up Olympic cauldron in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil

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Pele (Sylvia Joy/Wikimedia)

The doctors of former football legend Pele have given him the go to light the Olympic cauldron in the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pele, who is already 75 years old and has the full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was a World Cup winner in football and had a hip surgery in December 2016 and he needs assistance to walk around.

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“It all depends on the muscle pains that hinder his mobility,” Pele’s spokesman stated in a Reuters report.

The organisers of the Olympic Games in Brazil invited him to light the Olympic flame, to be held at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.

During his heyday in playing football, Pele was an attacking midfielder and forward for the Brazilian football national team. In his senior career in football, he has played for club teams Santos in Brazil and New York Cosmos in the United States.

Pele has played in 694 matches in club football and has 650 goals and 91 matches for Brazil with 77 goals.

“I need to solve the travel issue. It is an international commitment with an English company. But I would love to (light the cauldron),” Pele stated to ABC News. “If I manage to change (the travel plans), I would like to have the honor to light it.”

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Other legendary athletes invited along with Pele are sailor Torben Grael and former tennis pro Gustavo Kuerten.

Image credit: Sylvia Joy/Wikimedia

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