20:11 GMT02 August 2021
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    As tributes poured in on social media from all over the world on the death of Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, the Indian ‘twitterati’ were as grief-stricken as they were bemused.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — The cause of the amusement was the ignorance about Ali's identity displayed by none other than the sports minister of Kerala — the most literate state of India. Minister E P Jayarajan said on a news channel, "Muhammad Ali was a great sportsperson from Kerala who won us a gold medal."

    The video went viral on social media, prompting many to troll him throughout the day.

    ​This was not the first time an Indian has mistaken the legend's identity. Anadita Patel, a girl from Mumbai, hogged the limelight after she tweeted a tribute to Muhammad Ali, "the greatest footballer."

    ​Meanwhile, these gaffes triggered heated debate on social media on how the Indian establishment is guilty of promoting only one sport — cricket. Many said that the ignorance that was brought to light by this episode was the result of the government’s apathy towards other sports.

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