RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Ill health will prevent Pele from participating in the Olympic opening ceremony, the football legend said just hours before the show was due to begin on Friday.

Pele, 75, was widely expected to light the Olympic cauldron at the end of the four-hour ceremony at Rio's Maracana stadium, due to start at 8pm local time.

""My dear friends, only God is more important than my health,"" Pele said in a statement. ""In my life I have had fractures, surgeries, pains, hospital stays, victories and defeats, always respecting those who admire me. I am responsible for my decisions and I have always tried not to disappoint by family and the Brazilian people.

""At this moment I'm not physically well enough to participate in the Olympic opening ceremony. As a Brazilian, I ask good to bless all of those who will participate in this event so that it can be a great success and end in peace.""

Pele has suffered a series of health concerns in recent years, including hip problems, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

The three-time World Cup winner is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time.

Following tradition, the identity of the person chosen to light Rio's Olympic cauldron has been kept secret by organizers.


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Defending champion Andy Murray sailed along after winning a first-set tiebreaker to beat Florian Mayer of Germany in steamy conditions and book a berth in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

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""It cooled down a bit toward the end, but at the end of the first set and in the second set it was extremely hot.""

Mayer fought Murray to a standstill during the opening set as both players held serve with relative ease.

""I played a really good first set,"" said the 29-year-old German, who had dropped both previous meetings with Murray but took him to a pair of tiebreakers in their most recent match on clay this year in Madrid.

Murray rose again in this decider puma rihanna creepers italia , winning the first four points to seize command.

""On the big points, that's why he's so good,"" said Mayer. ""I think from the baseline I was the better player in the first set but I didn't take my chances. Sometimes on my second serve I made easy mistakes.""

The Briton won 57 percent of Mayer's second-serve deliveries.

""From start of the second set my level dropped a little bit and he started to play,"" the German said. ""It was too easy for him.""

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Looking ahead, Murray said he would like to get off to faster starts than how he began against Mayer.

""I think I need to maybe start matches a little bit quicker,"" he said. ""I was a little bit slow out of the box. Once I got going I started to strike the ball a little bit cleaner and I was moving my feet, getting in the right position.""

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""Expectations are maybe higher, but there's not as much pressure on me to win,"" explained the Scotsman.

""I feel a lot more comfortable coming into these events than I did at this time last year.""


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Rising temperatures across the planet have set more new records, as the US government announced Friday that the globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880.

The period of January to March was also the warmest on record, said the monthly report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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For March, the average global temperature was 1.53 Fahrenheit (0.85 Celsius) above the 20th-century average.

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