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Pele Reveals Why He Won't Be in Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony

This will be a tough blow for many Brazilians attending this year's Rio Olympics, as they will not be able to celebrate one of their country's greatest sports figures.

According to ESPN, soccer legend Pele will not be able to attend the opening ceremony for the Olympics. The 75-year-old said in a statement that it was due to poor health.

"I'm not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics," Pele said in a statement on Friday.

"Only God is more important than my health," he wrote. "In my life I've had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I've always respected those who admire me."

He said pulling out was "my own decision."

"If I manage to change [the travel plans], I would like to have the honor to light it," he said.

In statement, Pele apologized for disappointing Brazilians and said "as a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event."

He signed the statement Edson Arantes do Nascimento -- Pele.

-- Josh Dhani

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