Brazilian soccer great Pele attends a ceremony to award him with the Olympic Order at the Pele Museum in Santos, Brazil, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympic games starting on Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)


Pele hopes to appear at the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics after missing the opening because of poor health.


The Brazlian soccer great 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.