Rio, Aug 5: Upsetting sports fans across the globe, Rio Olympics has officially confirmed that Brazil football legend Pele would not be part of the opening ceremony where he was scheduled to light the Olympic cauldron. Pele’s ill health is the reason why he has decided to skip the event.

In a statement issued by Pele, he said, “I’m not in physical condition to take part in the opening ceremony. Only God is more important than my health. In my life, I’ve had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I’ve always respected those who admire me.” (Also Check: 2016 Rio Olympics India Schedule IST

Pele has reportedly been unwell over the past few years. He had been treated for multiple muscle pain. Recently, he was operated for a hip surgery. Following the treatment of his hip, the public appearence of Pele has been minimized. ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016 Day 1 Live Blog

According to Pele, missing the opening ceremony of Rio Olympics would be highly regretted by him. However, he has made it clear that it was his own personal decision to skip the event. Watch:Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony Indian time

Lightening the Olympic Cauldron is considered to be one of the most historic moments of any Olympic games. In the previous edition, the flames were lightened up by legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.