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Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal

COURAGE AND CONVICTION: Ali

BOXING LEGEND Muhammad Ali will be the recipient of the Liberty Medal at a ceremony in Philadelphia, USA, in September, it was announced yesterday (July 5).

The Liberty Medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.

“Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution – freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment – and helping to spread them across the globe,” said former President Bill Clinton, chairman of the National Constitution Centre.

The 70-year-old former Olympic gold medallist and three-time world heavyweight champion “symbolises all that makes America great, while pushing us as a people and as a nation to be better,” said National Constitution Centre president and chief executive officer David Eisner.

In 2005, Ali was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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