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Louisville Airport Renamed To Honour Muhammad Ali

The US city of Louisville in Kentucky is set to rename its airport after hometown hero and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016.

The airport will officially be named Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, but its location identifier will remain SDF.

Ali who died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight in boxing history, going 56-5 in his professional career.

Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali, says she supports the name change.

City officials say this recognition is a way to honor his legacy.

“We recognize that I think by naming the airport, which is the front door to our community, after the champ, that it would really signal clearly to the world that we’re a progressive city, we’re inclusive and we are a community of the globe,” board member James Welch Jr. said.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said: “For us not to continue to champion Muhammad’s legacy and what he stood for, I think is disrespectful to him and squandering opportunity to him and for our city.”

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