Pele hopes to make closing ceremony for Rio Games
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 10, 2016 11:50 AM
FILE - In this March 20, 2015 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 Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pele hopes to appear at the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics after missing the opening because of poor health.
The Brazilian soccer great tweeted Tuesday: "I am continuing my physiotherapy and focused on joining you for the closing festivities on August 21. I love you! #olympics."
Pele was the preferred choice of organizers to light the cauldron. But he first cited sponsorship commitments and later health concerns for keeping him away.
The 75-year-old Pele had hip surgery recently. He walks with a cane.
The Olympic cauldron was lit by Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima.
Last month, Pele held the Olympic flame in Santos, a city near Sao Paulo, where he started his career. He never played in the Olympics.