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A city in Kentucky is naming her air port after greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. Louisville was his hometown.

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The Louisville International Air Port will now be renamed Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said, “Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville. 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.”

Jim Welch, chairman of the Airport Authority Board, also said in a statement “This tells the world how proud we are to associate ‘The Greatest’ with not only our great city, but our great airport.”

Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali, expressed her support for the name change, stating: “I am happy that visitors from far and wide who travel to Louisville will have another touch-point to Muhammad and be reminded of his open and inclusive nature, which is reflective of our city.”

Though the airport’s name will change, the airport’s three-letter International Air Transport Association Location Identifier, SDF, will not.

Louisville Tourism says the city stands to reap economic benefits by boosting Ali-related tourism, much as the city has done in establishing Bourbonism as a global tourist experience.

By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

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