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Golf fans wave South African flags in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela after the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 8, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Sports world honors Nelson Mandela

December 8, 2013

South Africans of all races flocked to houses of worship Sunday for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela as a large contingent of foreign dignitaries, including royalty, begin arriving in the country to pay their final respects to the liberation struggle icon.

The government said Sunday that 53 heads of state and government as well as a broad range of eminent persons had confirmed that they would be attending a national memorial service and state funeral for the country's first black and democratically-elected president. The memorial service is expected to be one of the biggest in modern times.

— Associated Press

Mandela united a nation through sports. He saw the power that sports could have upon people. Throughout the week sports teams have been honoring Mandela.