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Louisville, Kentucky airport renamed to honor Muhammad Ali

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Louisville International Airport in the U.S. state of Kentucky has been renamed after the city's legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, where he was born and raised.

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The Louisville Regional Airport Authority’s board voted Wednesday to change the name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

However, the current three-letter code - SDF - will remain same.

The three-time world heavyweight champion died on June 4, 2016 at the age of 74 after suffering from a respiratory illness and a years-long fight with Parkinson’s disease.

According to the Courier-Journal newspaper, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Ali "only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people," he added.

The decision followed a recommendation from a board working group which studied renaming the airport for more than a year.

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