Nelson Mandela and Sports
Mandela raises the World Cup trophy after learning South Africa had won the honor of playing host to the 2010 tournament.
Mandela, who had boxed as an amateur heavyweight, poses after joining the African National Congress (ANC).
Mandela greets Cuban Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson as Cuban President Fidel Castro inaugurates the opening of the Pan American Games village.
The Arsenal football team posed for a photograph with Mandela in Johannesburg.
Mandela with Manchester United's Bryan Robson.
Mandela presents rugby team captain Francois Pienaar the William Webb trophy after South Africa defeated New Zealand 15-12 in the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. When Mandela handed the Cup to Pienaar he said, ''Thank you very much for what you have done for our country.'' Pienaar replied, Mr President, ''it is nothing compared to what you have done for our country.''
Mandela salutes the crowd before a football match in Johannesburg, where South Africa defeated Cameroon 3-0.
Mandela celebrates with national captain Neil Tovey (left, with trophy) and Sports Minister Steve Tswete after South Africa beat Tunisia 2-0 in the Africa Nations Cup football final. ''In terms of what we achieved, that moment was important in the history of the country,'' said Tovey. ''It was two years after we became a multi-racial country, and we knew we had a role to play in uniting the country, that sporting achievement could do that.''
Ernie Els and Mandela laugh before the final round of the Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship as Mandela shows the crowd a sketch of Els.
World heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield looks on as Mandela wears Holyfield's gift, a boxing gown. Holyfield stayed in South Africa for five days to conduct workshops and advocate for the importance of education for youth.
Boxing legend Marvin Hagler spars with Mandela. Hagler was in South Africa to be a commentator for a boxing tournament.
Mandela and Tiger Woods spent some time together when the golfer was in the country for the Million Dollar Golf Challenge at Sun City.
Lennox Lewis jokes around with Mandela at his home in Johannesburg.
As promotion for the Special Olympics near Cape Town, Arnold Schwarzenegger autographed a rugby ball for Mandela.
England captain David Beckham presents Mandela his own England jersey. England would play Bafana Bafana in a friendly match later in the week.
Mandela lands a playful punch on the chin of former world champion boxer Muhammad Ali. The two were in Dublin to attend the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Mandela speaks at his Foundation offices in Johannesburg after meeting with boxing promoter Don King.
Mandela holds the Olympic Flame as part of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay.
Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby meets Mandela during Day 6 of the ''Basketball Without Borders'' African camp at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
Brazilian football legend Pele greets Mandela the day before his 89th birthday. The ''90 Minutes for Mandela'' match, which Pele attended, was played the following day.
Former world No. 1 tennis player Boris Becker spent time with Mandela during a shoot promoting the 46664 AIDS benefit concert to occur later in the year.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Mandela enjoyed a jovial moment during Blatter's visit to inspect World Cup preparations.
Portugal's team captain Cristiano Ronaldo poses for a photo with Mandela at his residence in Johannesburg.
Spectators at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup thank Mandela for his influence in bringing the tournament to South Africa.
Mandela is driven onto the field during World Cup festivities with his third wife, Graca Machel.
Prior to the 16th stage of the 2012 Tour de France, cyclists wait behind a poster that celebrates Mandela's 94th birthday.
The NFL, NBA and NHL honored Mandela within days of his passing on Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95.
Derek Jeter greets Zondwa Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, with a framed copy of the Nelson Mandela plaque placed in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees game against the Cubs on April 16, 2014.