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! (hash)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.