Muhammad Ali’s grandson to carry Olympic Flame in Kingston, Jamaica

This article is over 8 months old Walsh, at 13, is only grandson of Muhammad Ali but will carry the Flame for the special anniversary Muhammad Ali’s grandson, a former world junior champion, is…

Muhammad Ali's grandson to carry Olympic Flame in Kingston, Jamaica

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Walsh, at 13, is only grandson of Muhammad Ali but will carry the Flame for the special anniversary

Muhammad Ali’s grandson, a former world junior champion, is to carry the Olympic Flame on a relay through the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday.

Nico Ali Walsh is only the second grandson of the late boxing great to carry the Olympic Flame – following its triumphant voyage to the 2016 Rio Games.

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Walsh, 13, was selected for the achievement in which he is a three-time junior world champion. He will now carry the flame along a 12-mile (19-km) route to the National Stadium for the official opening of the Olympic Games in the city on the island’s north coast.

Walsh said: “I’m thrilled and privileged to be carrying the Olympic flame through Kingston and travelling around the country, I cannot wait to enjoy the crowd.”

Joshua Jordan, head of Jamaica’s Olympic Federation and chairman of the Flame Spectacular management committee, added: “I’m thrilled that Muhammad Ali’s grandson will be carrying the torch today.

“He’s 13-years-old, he’s an amazing young man with a wonderful family and a wonderful background.

“Muhammad Ali is a very special person in the history of Jamaica, in the history of the Olympic Games and for the athletes’ life in Jamaica and internationally – and I’m also proud to be his great-grandson.

“The family is honoured to be participating in this historic event and I’m sure the ceremony will be packed full of spirit, the passion for sports and the pride and joy that Jamaica possesses.”

The flame for the 2020 Olympic Games will be lit and lit again by Ireland’s 12-year-old blind footballer, Mark Walsh, at the beginning of next month at Croke Park in Dublin.

On Friday, it will be transported to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the birthplace of the International Boxing Association, and carried over the water on a barge.

The Olympic torch arrives in Kingston on Friday before travelling to Montego Bay, the home of the World Boxing Council.

The torch will be carried on a route through several inner-city communities before it returns to the National Stadium, one of the few venues in Jamaica to host Olympic boxing competitions.

This is the first time Jamaica has held the opening ceremony for an Olympic Games.

Jamaica’s hosting of the Olympics has been an unqualified success and the games are set to have a positive legacy for the country.

In St Mary, a local school will open a school for students with special needs with support from Jamaica’s bid to host the Games in Kingston.

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