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President Obama not able to attend Muhammad Ali memorial service, additional speakers added

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ali family spokesperson Bob Gunnell gave an update on the Muhammad Ali funeral on Tuesday evening at a press conference.  

Gunnell said that additional speakers have been added to Friday's memorial service including Ali's daughter Rasheda Ali Walsh and a Muslim Cleric.

President Obama is unable to attend and speak at the service because the time conflicts with his daughter's graduation. Instead, Senior Presidential Adviser Valerie Jarrett, will read a statement from President Obama at the service. 

Gunnell also announced that Governor Bevin will have the Commonwealth flag lowered at half staff on Friday in honor of Ali, though this request does not apply to the U.S. flag.

Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will join dignitaries at the service. 

Gunnell also said that there will be numerous heads of state traveling to the service, though he did not give any names.

"I'm not going to tell you," Gunnell said, adding later that, "It's a secret service event." 

Tickets for the memorial service will be handed out at the Yum! Center starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The line for tickets can begin forming at 6 a.m. There are 14,000 tickets available for the Friday memorial. 

Doors to the Yum Center will open at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. 

For those unable to attend, the service will be shown on the jumbo TV screen outside of the Yum! Center and live streamed at on alicenter.org and here on WDRB.com

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