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Saturday, 4 June 2016

The loss of a sporting legend.

One of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions the world has seen, with courage, conviction and wit that made him an inspirational figure

Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., 
January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
One of the truly great sporting legends. A great talent which the American government treated very badly. Ali was a man of dignity and principle, which he maintained throughout his life.

 His stance in opposition to the Viet Nam war, is well known and well documented. 
Watching one of the numerous video clips available of his comments at that time, I recalled an event from the past.
I was at a party in a friends house some years ago and a few of the guests were service personnel from the Greenham Common USAF base. During the course of a conversation with one of these guests, it emerged that he had been in Viet Nam during the conflict. At one point I stated that "You shouldn't have been there". His reply has remained with me ever since.
"No we shouldn't have. My government lied to us".

Even when seriously ill with Parkinson's, Ali retained his sense of humour.."Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" a famous quote recognised throughout the world.
A great loss to sport and the world, he was truly "the Greatest!"
A collection of video clips widely available on the internet, show his talent, his passion, his humour and his intensity.

Muhammed Ali. R I P