Why Pele didn’t light Olympic torch

Why Pele didn’t light Olympic torch

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.’

Related Articles

Nigerian athletes overeat – Olympic silver medalist Falilat Ogunkoya

Former track and field athlete Falilat Ogunkoya has said that the eating habits of Nigerian athletes is inappropriate. Read also:

U-23 Eagles Keeper Daniel Marries Fiancee

Olympic bound Under 23 national football team goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel, at the weekend married his fiancee. U-23 Eagles media officer

What does UK’s exit from EU mean for EPL?

With the exit of United Kingdom from the European Union, EU, one of the most popular football league in the


Related Posts

Cynthia Osokgu's murder :Two to die by hanging for killing Facebook friend
After four years of legal battle, a Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Olabisi Akinlade on Thursday found two of the suspected killers of ...
Iyabo Ojo stays silent on Apostle Johnson Suleiman romance rumour in her latest Instagram post
Actress Iyabo Ojo ignored claims making the rounds that there is a close romantic friendship between her and the General Overseer of Omega Fire M...
Pastor arrested for planting explosive in church
A 57 year old Pastor, Abel Eku, has been arrested by the Edo State Police Command for attempting to blow up the headquarters of the Christ Chosen...
powered by RelatedPosts