Five time Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will carry the USA flag into Opening Ceremonies at the Rio Summer Games Friday night.
"Only God is more important than my health".
The Opening Ceremony is a highly regarded spectacle which highlights the admirable qualities of the host nation and explores the rich culture of the region.
"Right now I am not in physical condition to take part in the opening of the Olympics".
Pepito Fornos, a Pele spokesman, confirmed to Reuters by telephone that Pele would not light the cauldron, saying that "the muscles in his leg that is being rehabilitated are not sufficiently strong enough".
Pele had a new hip fitted in 2012 and has had several other health issues since.
A staggering 81% of Canadians are feeling jaded about the Olympics, suggesting the games are more about corporate sponsors and commercialization than the athletes and competition themselves. Last year, he had prostate and back surgeries and now walks with the aid of a cane. "In my life I've had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats". I am responsible for my decisions and I have always tried not to disappoint by family and the Brazilian people. "As a Brazilian, I ask good to bless all of those who will participate in this event so that it can be a great success and end in peace".
He signed the statement Edson Arantes do Nascimento - Pele.
He won three World Cups with Brazil but never competed at the Olympics.