Pele withdraws from opening ceremony at Rio Olympics

Pele Withdraws as Rio Olympic Woes Continue

Olympic woes continue as Pele withdraws from his role of lighting the cauldron at the opening ceremony in Rio, Brazil. Pele cited health problems, just hours before the start of the Olympics.  Preparation for these games has been anything but smooth. The threat of the Zika virus has caused many athletes to avoid the games completely. There are health concerns from sewage in the water where some athletes will compete. Political turmoil and a severe financial crisis has led to protests in the street. Organizers are now left scrambling for a replacement for Pele before the ceremony begins in a few hours.

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