Written by Staff Writer at CNN Muhammad Ali’s grandson, Nico Ali Walsh, carries the torch for the legendary boxing name
One of Muhammad Ali’s grandchildren is carrying the Olympic flame for a day to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ex-champ’s death.
Nico Ali Walsh, 23, is in Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics as a member of Team Ireland.
The short ceremony in South Korea will take place on Thursday, 5th May, before Walsh re-joins his team mates in the Olympic village.
“Me and my team-mates at Team Ireland are going to get medals but we would also like to have medals for our nation and for the Olympic Flame…to show the world that Team Ireland and our people represent the best in the world,” Walsh told CNN Sport when asked about the ceremony.
Lighting the Olympic Flame is an emotional act for many Olympic athletes as they know the flame has been carried by many of the greats of their sporting years.
So, what would the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world say if he were alive today?
“That would be, like, a massive honor. That’s pretty special, especially because I was brought up as Muhammad Ali and I’ve grown up on the fame and respect of his entire life so it’s going to be really emotional.
“It’s more than just representing my family and my country, I’m also representing the Olympians of this day and age and that’s going to be a really big honor.”
– by Russ Webb, Special to CNN