He will never die’: world mourns on death of Boxer Muhammad Ali
Reflecting Boxer Muhammad Ali reach far beyond boxing, many of the biggest names in world politics also remembered a man who stuck up for his beliefs – and for those less influential than himself.
- As the first black president of the United States, Barack Obama said Ali was “a man who fought for us” and placed him in the pantheon of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
- The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Ali had been Mandela’s hero. “Nelson Mandela, a boxing enthusiast most of his life, acknowledge Ali as his boxing hero. Madiba had great respect for his legacy and spoke with admiration of Ali’s achievement,” said Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Foundation. Madela’s favorite book at his office, where there was a photo of the two men together – was an autographed copy of an Ali biography, the organization said.
- Former US president Bill Clinton said he had been “honoured” to award Ali the Presidential Citizens Model at the White House in January 2001, just before leaving office.
- “Through triumph and trails,” Clinton said, Ali “become even great than his legend.” “We watched him grow from the rash self-confidence of youth and success into a manhood full of religions and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and live with the consequences.”
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan called Ali “an extraordinary athlete and a remarkable man of good deeds who conquered the heart of millions” “Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s life-long struggle against racism and discrimination will never be forgotten” he wrote on Twitter.
The sporting World also united to remember one of its biggest name Boxer Muhammad Ali.
- Retired NBA all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar praised Ali’s courage in fighting discrimination. “At a time when blacks who spoke up about injustice were labeled uppity and often arrested, Muhammad willingly sacrificed the best years of his career to stand tall and fight for what he believed was right,” said Abdul Jabbar. “In-ding so, he made all Americans, black and white, stand taller. I may be 7-feet-2 but I never taller than when standing in his shadow.”
- Ali won an Olympic Gold medal in 1960 and lit the torch at the 1996 Olympic opening ceremony.
- Boxer Muhammad Ali visited Pakistan in 1980.
- Allah Pak bless his soul in Jannul ul fardoos. Ameen.