“Sport has the power to change the world,” Nelson Mandela said addressing the first Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony in Monaco, in 2000, the South African prisoner-turned-president provided supporting evidence to state his claim.
“It has the power to inspire,” he said. “It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
After his exhilarating win on Friday, Kevin Anderson answered reporters questions in somewhat routine fashion. It was his response to being asked to comment on his “wonderful triumph” on Arthur Ashe Stadium” and make a connection to Ashe’s “tremendous interest” in South Africa, specifically in support of “President Mandela.”
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