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Khabib’s father to have native village renamed in his honor

The village where Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov grew up will be renamed “Manap.”

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The village where Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov once lived and was buried in following his untimely death will now forever carry his name.

According to reports from Russian media, the Dagestani village of Kirovaul will be renamed in the renowned coach’s honor in tribute to his contributions in the republic. Magomedrasul Davudov, the head of the village, announced plans to oversee a small ceremony as part of the official renaming process.

“We are now in mourning,” Davudov told RBC, expressing his sympathy for Khabib. “People from different cities of Russia will come to us. ”Later we will gather with the residents and...rename the village from Kirovaul to Manap.”

Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, 57, was transported from his native Dagestan to a military hospital in Moscow in April after falling ill with pneumonia and flu-like symptoms, which was later confirmed to be COVID-19. As his condition worsened, the renowned coach suffered a stroke and underwent surgery before being placed in a medically induced coma.

Despite reports that there were signs of recovery, including from Khabib himself, Abdulmanap passed away last Friday. His death led to an outpouring of tributes in his honor, including from President Vladimir Putin, local politicians, athletes, as well as his former students.

To learn more about Abdulmanap, including his history of combating extremism in Dagestan through sports, read Karim Zidan’s longform on the celebrated coach titled ‘Dagestani Dynasty.’

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