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11 Jun 2016
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Olympic Flag flies over Muhammad Ali memorial service as President Bach Pays Tribute to a “True Champion”

IOC President Thomas Bach attended the memorial service of Muhammad Ali in the Olympic champion’s hometown of Louisville in Kentucky today.
The inter-faith service saw tributes paid to the Olympic Champion by friends and family of Muhammad  Ali and included tributes by President Bill Clinton and actor Billy Crystal.

The IOC President was accompanied by IOC US members Anita Defrantz and Larry Probst. Before the ceremony President Bach held a separate meeting with former US President Bill Clinton.

Speaking to the widow Lonnie Ali after the service President Bach expressed the 'deep sympathy of the entire Olympic world for a man who was such great ambassador for the Olympic Values.'

To honour the memory of Muhammad Ali, his widow was presented with an Olympic Flag like the one that flew prominently over the memorial service.

In a personal note to the widow President Bach said "Muhammad Ali was more than a winner. He was a true Champion".

“With his unwavering belief in our shared humanity, Ali became a great and unforgettable champion that transcended sport,” said President Bach. “Throughout his life, he truly personified the Olympic Values of peace, solidarity and non-discrimination for all human beings."
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