Nelson Mandela - ‘Sport has the power to change the world’

Nelson Mandela, revered statesman and anti-apartheid leader, died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection. The former South African President "realized the transformative and unifying power of sports, and

used that power to make changes that protests and diplomacy could not."

Honoring the late Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela
Honoring the late Nelson Mandela.
Francois Pienaar of South Africa receives the William Webb Ellis Trophy from President Nelson Mandela after the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand held on June 24, 1995 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa won the match 15-12.
Francois Pienaar of South Africa receives the William Webb Ellis Trophy from President Nelson Mandela after the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand held on June 24, 1995 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa won the match 15-12.
Francois Pienaar of South Africa receives the William Webb Ellis Trophy from President Nelson Mandela after the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand held on June 24, 1995 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa won the match 15-12.
Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel smile and wave to the crowd ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel smile and wave to the crowd ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel smile and wave to the crowd ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), adopts a boxing pose, wearing shorts, t-shirt and boxing gloves, circa 1950.
Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), adopts a boxing pose, wearing shorts, t-shirt and boxing gloves, circa 1950.
Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), adopts a boxing pose, wearing shorts, t-shirt and boxing gloves, circa 1950.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Nelson Mandela holds the Olympic Flame on Robben Island during Day 9 of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay June 12, 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Olympic Flame travels to 34 cities in 27 countries en route to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Nelson Mandela holds the Olympic Flame on Robben Island during Day 9 of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay June 12, 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Olympic Flame travels to 34 cities in 27 countries en route to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Nelson Mandela holds the Olympic Flame on Robben Island during Day 9 of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay June 12, 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Olympic Flame travels to 34 cities in 27 countries en route to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 27: Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela poses with South Africa Rugby Union coach Jake White (L), South Africa Rugby Union captain John Smit (R) and the Webb-Ellis cup during the Springboks visit to Nelson Mandela at his residence on October 27, 2007 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa became the current holders of the cup after defeating Former champions England 15-6 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Smit;Jake White;Nelson Mandela
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 27: Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela poses with South Africa Rugby Union coach Jake White (L), South Africa Rugby Union captain John Smit (R) and the Webb-Ellis cup during the Springboks visit to Nelson Mandela at his residence on October 27, 2007 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa became the current holders of the cup after defeating Former champions England 15-6 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Smit;Jake White;Nelson Mandela
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 27: Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela poses with South Africa Rugby Union coach Jake White (L), South Africa Rugby Union captain John Smit (R) and the Webb-Ellis cup during the Springboks visit to Nelson Mandela at his residence on October 27, 2007 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa became the current holders of the cup after defeating Former champions England 15-6 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Smit;Jake White;Nelson Mandela
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 06: A giant screen projects images of former president Nelson Mandela during the 2013 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on July 06, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The main race of the day, the President's Champions Challenge, was won for the first time by a black jockey; S'manga Khumalo riding Heavy Metal. As a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, who remains critically ill in hospital, sixty seven seconds of silence were observed. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 06: A giant screen projects images of former president Nelson Mandela during the 2013 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on July 06, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The main race of the day, the President's Champions Challenge, was won for the first time by a black jockey; S'manga Khumalo riding Heavy Metal. As a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela, who remains critically ill in hospital, sixty seven seconds of silence were observed. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 21: Special Olympics World Games 2003, Dublin; Eroeffnungsfeier; Nelson MANDELA (Photo by Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 21: Special Olympics World Games 2003, Dublin; Eroeffnungsfeier; Nelson MANDELA (Photo by Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 21: Special Olympics World Games 2003, Dublin; Eroeffnungsfeier; Nelson MANDELA (Photo by Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Former South African President Nelson Mandela addresses the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup 2010 December 4, 2009 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela addresses the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup 2010 December 4, 2009 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela addresses the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup 2010 December 4, 2009 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
3 Feb 1996: Neil Touey of South Africa lifts the African nations Cup with Nelson Mandela on his right hand side after the African Nations Cup final match against Tunisia played in South Africa. The match finished in a 2-0 win for South Africa. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport
3 Feb 1996: Neil Touey of South Africa lifts the African nations Cup with Nelson Mandela on his right hand side after the African Nations Cup final match against Tunisia played in South Africa. The match finished in a 2-0 win for South Africa. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport
3 Feb 1996: Neil Touey of South Africa lifts the African nations Cup with Nelson Mandela on his right hand side after the African Nations Cup final match against Tunisia played in South Africa. The match finished in a 2-0 win for South Africa. \ Mandatory Credit: Mark Thompson /Allsport
 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 4: Bafana team players with Nelson Mandela pose during the Springboks and Bafana Bafana visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit /Gallo Images/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 4: Bafana team players with Nelson Mandela pose during the Springboks and Bafana Bafana visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit /Gallo Images/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 4: Bafana team players with Nelson Mandela pose during the Springboks and Bafana Bafana visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit /Gallo Images/Getty Images)
05 Sep 2000: Nelson Mandela of South Africa pays a visit to the Athletes Village prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney Australia. Mandatory Credit: Sean Garnsworthy/ALLSPORT
05 Sep 2000: Nelson Mandela of South Africa pays a visit to the Athletes Village prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney Australia. Mandatory Credit: Sean Garnsworthy/ALLSPORT
05 Sep 2000: Nelson Mandela of South Africa pays a visit to the Athletes Village prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney Australia. Mandatory Credit: Sean Garnsworthy/ALLSPORT
JOAHNNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 23: Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between the Springboks and Australia at Ellis Park on July 23, 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Touchline/Getty Images)
JOAHNNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 23: Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between the Springboks and Australia at Ellis Park on July 23, 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Touchline/Getty Images)
JOAHNNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 23: Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between the Springboks and Australia at Ellis Park on July 23, 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Touchline/Getty Images)
27 Jan 1996: George Weah of Liberia meets South African President, Nelson Mandela at Mandela's house in Houghton, South Africa. Mandatory Credit: Gary Prior/ALLSPORT
27 Jan 1996: George Weah of Liberia meets South African President, Nelson Mandela at Mandela's house in Houghton, South Africa. Mandatory Credit: Gary Prior/ALLSPORT
27 Jan 1996: George Weah of Liberia meets South African President, Nelson Mandela at Mandela's house in Houghton, South Africa. Mandatory Credit: Gary Prior/ALLSPORT
Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson and ANC Leader Nelson Mandela during their tour to South Africa.
Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson and ANC Leader Nelson Mandela during their tour to South Africa
Portrait of Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson and ANC Leader Nelson Mandela during their tour to South Africa.
Portugal star player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton on June 9, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Portugal star player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton on June 9, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Portugal star player Cristiano Ronaldo poses with Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton on June 9, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
South African President Nelson Mandela photographed outsind the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, wearing a track suit and national colours during a visit to London.
South African President Nelson Mandela photographed outsind the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, wearing a track suit and national colours during a visit to London.
South African President Nelson Mandela photographed outsind the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, wearing a track suit and national colours during a visit to London.
18 Feb 1996: Ernie Els and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa share a laugh as Mandela shows a sketching of Els to the crowd before the final round of the Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship at Houghton Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/Allsport
18 Feb 1996: Ernie Els and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa share a laugh as Mandela shows a sketching of Els to the crowd before the final round of the Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship at Houghton Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/Allsport
18 Feb 1996: Ernie Els and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa share a laugh as Mandela shows a sketching of Els to the crowd before the final round of the Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship at Houghton Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK/Allsport
NELSON MANDELLA WALKS WITH SIR EWART BELL, THE RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAIRMAN, DURING THE AFRICA V AUSTRALIA OPENING MATCH OF THE 1995 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINALS AT THE NEWLANDS STADIUM IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.
NELSON MANDELLA WALKS WITH SIR EWART BELL, THE RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAIRMAN, DURING THE AFRICA V AUSTRALIA OPENING MATCH OF THE 1995 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINALS AT THE NEWLANDS STADIUM IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.
NELSON MANDELLA WALKS WITH SIR EWART BELL, THE RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAIRMAN, DURING THE AFRICA V AUSTRALIA OPENING MATCH OF THE 1995 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINALS AT THE NEWLANDS STADIUM IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.
Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd before today's opening game in Johannesburg. South Africa Beat Cameroon 3-0.
Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd before today's opening game in Johannesburg. South Africa Beat Cameroon 3-0.
Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd before today's opening game in Johannesburg. South Africa Beat Cameroon 3-0.
SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 21: Nelson Mandela shows his amazement at the presentation of an inscribed cricket bat by West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara. (Photo by Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Nelson Mandela shows his amazement at the presentation of an inscribed cricket bat by West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara.
SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 21: Nelson Mandela shows his amazement at the presentation of an inscribed cricket bat by West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara. (Photo by Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Nelson Mandela leaves the ceremony with Naomi Campbell and Johaan Rupert the Chairman of Richemont at the Laureus Sports Awards at the  Sporting Club Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 25, 2000. Mandatory Credit: Allsport/Getty Images
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Nelson Mandela leaves the ceremony with Naomi Campbell and Johaan Rupert the Chairman of Richemont at the Laureus Sports Awards at the  Sporting Club Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 25, 2000. Mandatory Credit: Allsport/Getty Images
A charity gala evening organised by Prince Albert II and Nelson Mandela to benefit Amade Mondiale, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Pictured, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Nelson Mandela, his wife Graca Machel and South African olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.
A charity gala evening organised by Prince Albert II and Nelson Mandela to benefit Amade Mondiale, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Pictured, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Nelson Mandela, his wife Graca Machel and South African olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.
A charity gala evening organised by Prince Albert II and Nelson Mandela to benefit Amade Mondiale, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Pictured, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Nelson Mandela, his wife Graca Machel and South African olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock.
African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela (C) greets Cuban Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson (L) 25 July 1991 in Havana. Stevenson --who won 301 of the 321 fights he took part-- died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in Havana on June 11, 2012. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/RAFAEL PEREZRAFAEL PEREZ/AFP/GettyImages
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African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela (C) greets Cuban Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson (L) 25 July 1991 in Havana. Stevenson --who won 301 of the 321 fights he took part-- died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in Havana on June 11, 2012. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/RAFAEL PEREZRAFAEL PEREZ/AFP/GettyImages

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