What about the land promised to Ali?
Ever since Muhammad Ali's historic visit to Bangladesh 37 years ago, there has been this occasional speculation in local media as to what happened to the piece of land in Cox's Bazar which was promised to the legendary boxer.
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The common belief is -- thanks to the lack of proper research and investigation -- that the then government, which had patronised Ali's tour, had made the promise but later failed to make good on that. But The Daily Star's investigation has finally found out the real story and the man behind the promise. And the story is a simple one.
But after that declaration, since it was more of a symbolic nature, no one felt the need to register the piece of land in Ali's name. So like many other verbal promises made in our country, this one too was never realised, giving birth to more of a myth than a reality.
This article was first published on February 20, 2015