New Delhi: Brazilian football legend Pele’s deteriorating health might refuse the player a chance to do the honours of lighting up the final Olympic cauldron at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Pele, who is 75 years of age, has undergone several hip operations and walks around with a cane in his hand. However, there are also reports that Pele will not light the Olympic cauldron because of obligation to sponsors.

“Getting free is not a problem now, but he has muscle pain which is affecting his mobility. He has gone to the doctor to see how things are,” said Jose Forns Rodrigues, a spokesperson. Jose added that the footballer was trying his best.

Pele said on Wednesday that he had some concerns with the sponsors.

Pele – also known as King Pele – has won an astounding three World Cups with Brazil. He has never competed in the Olympics.

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