Sultan Jessa: Two iconic international sporting figures are gone

Muhammad Ali vs. Ernie TerrellTwo iconic international sporting figures are no longer with us.

This is a big loss for everyone, not just the sporting community.

I am, of course, referring to Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champion whose fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world.

Ali left us on June 3 and before he passed away, he had immaculately planned his own funeral arrangements.

His funeral procession and memorial service was held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ali, as he constantly claimed, was certainly the “greatest.”

United States President Barack Obama openly declared:

“His jabs knocked some sense into us,” the president said. “He pushed us to expand our imagination and bring others into our understanding.”

Gordie_Howe_Chex_cardObama called added Ali was America.

Not only the rich and powerful were drawn to Ali.

He was also a big hero to the poor and forgotten.

The second iconic figure we lost recently was Gordie Howe, the greatest hockey player his native Canada has known.

As a superb hockey player, Howe, often known and respected as Mr. Hockey, died at the age of 88.

More at the source: Seaway News

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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