Brazilian legend Pele was scheduled to light Olympics torch at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 but backed out on health grounds.
In his place, former long distance runner, Vanderlei de Lima, lit the cauldron as the event finally got under way on Friday night.
The greatest icon of Brazilian sport, Pele, had written the organisers to inform them that he would not be available to light the Olympic cauldron with the torch at Mararcana.
In recent time, the 75-year-old has been battling kidney problem
In a statement released just hours before the glitzy three-hour ceremony, Pele said: ‘I’m not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics.
‘Only God is more important than my health. In my life, I’ve had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I’ve always respected those who admire me.’