Muhammad Ali awarded peace prize in Germany

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19 December 2005, BERLIN - Legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali, 63, became the first athlete late Saturday in Berlin to be honoured with the German Society of the United Nations' Otto Hahn medal for peace. The medal honours Ali's lifelong involvement in the U.S. civil rights movement and as an ambassador for the United Nations. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, a Social Democrat, said in an awards ceremony at the city's Grand Hyatt Hotel that Ali was not just a champion in his sport but one of the most promi

19 December 2005

BERLIN - Legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali, 63, became the first athlete late Saturday in Berlin to be honoured with the German Society of the United Nations' Otto Hahn medal for peace.

The medal honours Ali's lifelong involvement in the U.S. civil rights movement and as an ambassador for the United Nations.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, a Social Democrat, said in an awards ceremony at the city's Grand Hyatt Hotel that Ali was not just a champion in his sport but one of the most prominent ambassadors for peace, freedom and international understanding, using his popularity from boxing to advance the cause of peace.

Ali is the 10th recipient of the peace medal since its inception in 1988. Previous honorees for outstanding achievement to advance peace and international understanding include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, writer Simon Wiesenthal, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and South African singer Miriam Makeba.

Ali, who suffers from Parkinsonism, a physical condition that mimics Parkinson's disease, accepted the prize with his wife, Lonnie, at his side. She expressed thanks on behalf of her husband, whose condition makes it difficult for him to speak clearly.

DPA

Subject: German news

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