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 Olympic
Kirsty Wigglesworth, File
August 09, 2016

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.

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