The sporting community paid tribute to Nelson Mandela after the former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away aged 95 on Thursday.
Among the many offerings of respect are the following:
Sachin Tendulkar paid heartfelt tribute to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela,saying the anti-apartheid icon was a “truly inspirational human being”.
When I met Mr Mandela it was one of the most memorable days of my life. A truly inspirational human being….
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 6,2013
“He was a true statesman. A remarkable man who understood that sport could build bridges,break down walls,and reveal our common humanity.” – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
“It is in deep mourning that I pay my respects to an extraordinary person,probably one of the greatest humanists of our time and a dear friend of mine: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. When he was honoured and cheered by the crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 11 July 2010,it was as a man of the people,a man of their hearts,and it was one of the most moving moments I have ever experienced.” – FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
“Mr Mandela was a truly remarkable man. I was honoured to be with him during the historic days of Rugby World Cup 1995 and saw his incredible impact on his nation and his people. His wisdom,intelligence and sheer presence was a wonder to behold.” – International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
“All of our lives are poorer today at the extinguishing of the great beacon of light and hope that led the way for our country through the transition to democracy. ‘Madiba’ was a great man of vision,determination and integrity who performed a miracle that amazed the world as much as it amazed his fellow countrymen.” – South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins.
“Madiba exerted a profoundly positive impact upon the world,but especially within his home country of South Africa where he famously championed sport as a vehicle of inspiration and social change. Madiba was – and will continue to be – an inspiration to all through the courageous legacy he leaves behind. He will be sadly missed not only by the rugby family,but by the world as a whole.” – Super Rugby governing body,SANZAR,CEO Greg Peters.
“Nelson Mandela was a towering symbol of resistance,a leader,an activist,and a man who recognised the power of sport to inspire and bring people together. Mr Mandela never compromised his principles and his beliefs in justice and equality. As South Africa’s first black President,Mr Mandela recognised and utilised sport as a mechanism to unite the divided people of South Africa and create a shared national identity and pride. As a statesman,he was remarkable,and as a man,he was inspirational.” – International Cricket Council President Alan Issac.
“The sporting world will remember him for his tireless efforts at uniting the various sporting codes in order to create a proud and united South African sporting front. Nothing assuredly continued…