Late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali's hometown Kentucky will be paying him a gesture of honour by renaming its Louisville city airport after him. The Louisville International Airport will now be renamed as Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority reportedly decided on Wednesday. Ali, who passed away in 2016, would have celebrated his 77th birthday on Thursday. His wife Lonnie Ali, as per a report on NBC News, said that she is proud to know about the name change.
“By choosing to rename the airport for Muhammad Ali, a world-renowned humanitarian honored as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and an athlete honoured as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the 20th Century we as a community are honoring his legacy and celebrating this global icon who is a fellow Louisvillian. This tells the world how proud we are to associate ‘The Greatest’ with not only our great city, but our great airport," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, reports Geo TV.
Louisville also has the Muhammad Ali centre, a non-profit museum and culture centre, upholding Ali's principles in life. An orientation theatre that presents Ali's life, a made-up boxing ring and a large projector displaying the 1977 film The Greatest based on Ali's life are some of the primary attractions.