The funeral service of boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be streamed to the public outside The O2, Greenwich , where an exhibition dedicated to the boxer inside has gained a poignant edge.
The Ali family announced the screening which will run on Friday June 10, from 7pm UK time. It will be a chance for fans to gather and pay their respects to the greatest sportsman of the 20th and courageous civil rights champion.
A spokesman for the family said: “Muhammad Ali is one of the most recognisable and influential sports figures of the 20th century. His achievements both in the ring and through his dedicated humanitarian efforts around the world solidified him as one of the most respected and trailblazing figures in modern history.
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease , the boxing icon passed away at the age of 74. The funeral service will take place in the boxer’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.”
The funeral will be shown on giant screens by the main entrance of The O2 on Peninsula Square. Meanwhile, inside, at the I Am The Greatest Exhibition, by the Brooklyn Bowl, people can leave flowers, sign a book of condolence or make a donation to the Muhammad Ali Center , Ali’s foundation that continues to preserve and share Ali’s legacy and humanitarianism.
The O2’s I Am The Greatest exhibition will run to August 31 showcasing Ali’s extraordinary life, featuring more than 100 artefacts including unseen footage, fight tickets and programmes, documents, photographs and rare personal memorabilia.
Muhammad Ali was originally pencilled in to open the exhibition himself but his ill-health took its toll. Talk of his visit prompted boxer David Haye to petition for an honorary knighthood for the boxer.
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