The superstars of tennis Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Boris Becker will remember 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 few do.
Speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where 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 world number 1 Novak Djokovic, who has won 19 Grand Slam titles, protocols: “Nelson Mandela is one of those people that always had light.
Your strength to go out and fight for what is right is something that motivates and seems to me, inspires 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 speech of Mandela was a great experience, according to the web site of Laureus. “Being there among the crowd when Nelson Mandela addressed us it was a great experience.
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 thought, ‘no, I know all about you!
Just having 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 he had the honor of seeing 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, members of Academy Laureus, it is an honor that “A personality like him, supported the idea of Laureus and supports us as a patron” 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 historical record of most Grand Slam titles won by a male gamer.