The superstars of tennis Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Boris Becker recalled the speech delivered by the former president of south Africa, Nelson Mandela, at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards two decades ago. The 25 may 2000, nelson Mandela delivered one of the speeches, the more powerful of the history of the sport.
“Sport has the power to change the world. Has the power to inspire. Has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there Was only despair.
It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. Laughs in the face of discrimination. “
Novak Djokovic says that Nelson Mandela inspires him and all the people on this planet
The No. 1 in the world Novak Djokovic, who won 19 Grand Slam titles, said: “Nelson Mandela is one of those people who always brought the light.
Your strength to go out and fight for what is right is something that motivates and obviously inspires me to me and all the people on this planet “. The 23-time champion of Grand Slam Serena Williams, who had the opportunity of meeting Mandela at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards. , said that listening to the address of Mandela was a great experience, according to the web site of Laureus.
“Being there among the crowd when Nelson Mandela addressed us, the experience was really great. The words that he said about the sport, no matter what color you are, you can still be the best. I called the attention of Mr. Mandela was the fact that he knew everything about me, and I’m thinking, ‘no, I know all about you!
We just have a conversation is amazing the things we wanted to do in the world, and it was a point of real change in my life. “ The six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker says that he had the honour of meeting Mandela twice in his life.
“At the Laureus World Sports Awards 2000 in Monaco and a holiday in south Africa in 2007, I had the honor of meeting Nelson Mandela. I shook his hand it was a very special moment for us. For us, members of Academy Laureus, it is an honor that she was a personality, since he supported the idea of Laureus and we supported it as a Pattern “.
Novak Djokovic is currently the top-ranked player in the world. Has won 17 Grand Slam titles and has said he’d like to break the all-time record of most Grand Slam titles won by a male gamer.