A major US airport will be renamed after boxing legend Muhammad Ali
- 17 January 2019
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Here’s a great example of a city honouring one of its own greats: The Louisville International Airport has decided to rename itself the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport after the boxing legend, who was born in the city.
The three-time heavyweight boxing champion and activist died in 2016 at the age of 74.
The Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board voted in the change on Wednesday, according to a press release. The vote came after a recommendation from a board working group that had considered renaming options for more than a year.
We are so excited to announce that @FlyLouisville will be changing it's name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Keeping Muhammad's legacy alive in his hometown that he loved so much is vital to the Ali Center's mission.— Muhammad Ali Center (@AliCenter) January 16, 2019
What a great birthday present for The Champ! pic.twitter.com/7bICfilkzw
“Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was cited as saying. “Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people.”
Muhammad Ali’s widow Lonnie Ali said, “Muhammad was a global citizen, but he never forgot the city that gave him his start. It is a fitting testament to his legacy.”
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