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Premier's Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Monday, June 6, 2016

Today, the Premier, the Hon. Michael joined those around the world in paying tribute to the iconic and legendary ‎boxer, activist and humanitarian, the late Muhammad Ali, who passed away this weekend.

Premier Dunkley: ‎"On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda I offer sincere condolences to the family of Muhammad Ali and the people of the United States.

"All of Bermuda should pause for a moment to be thankful for the life of Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest fighter and personality of our time. Generations will recall the excitement and love he brought to the world.

"Muhammad Ali was a man of principle, unafraid and courageous.

"We followed his rise to fame in the ring and out of it, and felt for him in a decline brought on by Parkinson’s disease.

"Through a startling mix of athleticism and poetry and then through a remarkable clash of his character and courage with America as it was, Muhammad Ali became an indelible part of our lives.

"He fought all his life in the ring and beyond, leaving a legacy of principle and sacrifice, tolerance and understanding. Through it all, the spirit of this champion never dimmed, his dignity never wavered and his courage was unquestioned.

"As a youngster who played lots of sports, I followed 'The Greatest' in the ring and noticed how much he said success depended on hard work and preparation.

'The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses, in the gym… and out there on the long road before I dance under the lights… I hated every minute of training, but I said: ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as champion.'

"He brought this same spirit of commitment to global causes, and through his generosity, many young men and women have benefited.

"For people everywhere, of every race, nationality and age, Muhammad Ali was a charismatic hero, a freedom fighter and a true role model.
"The world is better for his life. May he rest in peace.‎"