“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” - Pierre de Coubertin
While watching the live broadcast of the celebration of Muhammad Ali’s life, I was reminded of a few things he embodied, namely the Olympic Spirit. In a year in which nations will compete in the Summer Olympics in Brazil, it was the Olympics that provided Ali an international platform to showcase his athletic prowess which subsequently led to his ascension as a sportsman and an unapologetic, principled fighter of justice and equality.
Ali was a movement unto himself.
He was also an ambassador of the Olympic Movement which aims to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind - the Olympic Spirit.