Muham­mad Ali’s fu­neral to be at­tended by Pak am­bas­sador

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—Pak­istan’s am­bas­sador to the United States will at­tend the fu­neral of Muham­mad Ali, the great­est boxer to grace the sport, and will rep­re­sent the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Pak­istan.

Am­bas­sador Jalil Ab­bas Ji­lani will at­tend the fu­neral on di­rec­tions of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif.

Ali’s fu­neral is slated to be held on Fri­day, June 10.

Ac­tor Will Smith and for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion Lennox Lewis will be among the pall­bear­ers for Ali’s fu­neral. They will be join­ing a list of no­table ath­letes, en­ter­tain­ers and politi­cians to mourn the boxing leg­end.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son of Muham­mad Ali’s fam­ily, the other pall­bear­ers will in­clude Jerry El­lis, brother of for­mer world heavy­weight cham­pion Jimmy El­lis, John Grady (Ali’s cousin), Ibn Ali (his nephew), Ko­mawi Ali (for­mer brother-in-law), Jan Wadell (also cousin) and fam­ily friend John Ram­sey.

The heavy­weight cham­pion whose fast fists and ir­re­press­ible per­son­al­ity tran­scended sports and cap­ti­vated the world, died on June 4 ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by his fam­ily. He was 74. Ali was hos­pi­talised this ear­lier for a res­pi­ra­tory ail­ment. He suf­fered from Parkin­son’s dis­ease for more than three decades and kept a low pro­file in re­cent years.

His last pub­lic ap­pear­ance was in April at the “Celebrity Fight Night” gala in Ari­zona, a charity that ben­e­fits the Muham­mad Ali Parkin­son Cen­ter.

He held the heavy­weight ti­tle a record three times, and Sports Il­lus­trated named him the top sports­man of the 20th cen­tury.

Nick­named “The Great­est”, Ali re­tired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 56 wins, 37 by knock­out, and five losses. Ali’s di­ag­no­sis of Parkin­son’s came about three years af­ter he left the ring.

Ali, born in Louisville, Ken­tucky, as Cas­sius Mar­cel­lus Clay Jr, changed his name in 1964 af­ter his con­ver­sion to Is­lam.—Agen­cies

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