Pele needs OK from sponsors to lead torch event
PELE has been invited to
light the Olympic pyre for the
Rio Games on Friday but the Brazilian football great is checking with his sponsors
to see if he is free to lead
the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium.
"I have a contract that
I am bound to fulfil," he told Globo TV on Tuesday.
He added that he was consulting the United States company that holds the rights to his brand name on whether he can take up the invitation from the Olympic organising committee.
"As a Brazilian, I'd love to do it," said the 75-year-old, who helped his country win the World Cup three times
and would be launching the Games in the stadium where he scored his 1,000th goal
Pele later told reporters that International Olympic Committee president
Thomas Bach and head of
the Brazilian committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman had asked him to light the pyre and that he would have an answer on Thursday.
He added that he would have to cancel a trip
organised by his sponsors.
Pele, regarded as the greatest player of all time, played in four World Cups.
He is the only player
to have won it thrice: in 1958 in Sweden, in 1962 in Chile and in 1970 in Mexico.