Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight champion and one of the most famous sportsmen on the planet, is to be recognised for his humanitarian efforts.
The 70-year-old Ali, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, will be honoured at the Sports for Peace Gala, which will be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on July 25, two days before the official start of the Olympic Games.
“The aim of this year’s Sports for Peace event is to provide a platform to celebrate Olympic ideals, and Muhammad Ali’s six core values – respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality,” said the organisation’s chairman, Jaka Bizilj.
“The entire world over, there is no other public figure that displays more determination in fighting for civil rights, humanity, and peace from war”.
Ali, nicknamed “The Greatest of All Time”, will be recognised in particular for his work through the Muhammad Ali Centre and Parkinson’s Research.