"Nelson Mandela recognised the unique power of sport to unite people from every walk of life. He understood that sport is built upon values that are universal, and that sport must be available to all. And he saw in sport the ability to transform lives by offering important lessons about perseverance, discipline and teamwork.
The values that are at the heart of sport -- equality, opportunity and mutual understanding -- are the very same values Nelson Mandela fought to instill and uphold. He lived his life with courage and conviction, and as we mourn his passing, we are grateful for the unending inspiration he has given us all."