Officials in Kinshasa have revealed that the ring used for the “rumble in the jungle” has been stolen as boxing fans marked 40 years since one of the most famous and brutal bouts in the sport’s history.

As the sporting world remembers Muhammad Ali’s epic showdown with George Foreman, the search is on for the ring which the two boxers climbed into at dawn on 30 October, 1974.

The ring “was stolen a few years ago”, said Barthelemy Bosongo, manager of the Tata Raphael stadium which staged the fight. “We don’t know where it’s gone, but it’s no longer in Kinshasa,” he added. “We’re in the process of setting up a judicial investigation.”

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The South African government reportedly denied a visa to the Dalai Lama, preventing him from attending the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to be held in Cape Town this October. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He had attended the last three gatherings of Nobel Peace laureates, held in Warsaw (2013), Chicago (2012), and Hiroshima (2010).

The Dalai Lama’s South Africa-based representative, Nangsa Chodon, told Reuters that he had “informally received contact His Holiness won’t get his visa.” The South African foreign ministry denied that it had rejected the Dalai Lama’s visa application, saying instead that the Tibetan spiritual leader had canceled his trip. 

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