World Cup draw Madiba trib­ute

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 -

SAO JOAO DA MATA: World Cup or­gan­is­ers paid a poignant ap­plause ho­mage to Nel­son Man­dela to launch yes­ter­day’s cer­e­mony for the draw for next year’s fi­nals.

Man­dela, who died on Thurs­day aged 95, was pic­tured on a gi­ant screen hold­ing the World Cup tro­phy at the 2010 fi­nals in his home­land.

Or­gan­is­ers held a minute’s si­lence to mark Man­dela’s pass­ing and Sepp Blat­ter, pres­i­dent of world foot­ball body Fifa, paid trib­ute to one of the

TIDES High to­day . . . .6.22am, 6.41pm Tomorrow . . . . .7.19am, 7.42pm Low to­day . . .12.02am, 12.40pm Tomorrow . . . .12.55am, 1.44pm Spring tides . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 17

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SUN/MOON Sun­rise to­day . . . . . . . . 5.27am Sun­set to­day . . . . . . . . .7.47pm Moon rises to­day . . . . .10.16am Moon sets tomorrow . . .11.39pm world’s “great hu­man­ists” be­fore the draw to de­ter­mine the matches in­volv­ing the 32 teams was made.

The draw build-up had been dom­i­nated by news of sta­dium de­lays and anti-World Cup cam­paign­ers threat­en­ing pub­lic protest but Man­dela’s death changed the tone as par­tic­i­pants re­mem­bered a man who knew all too well how to harness sport and po­lit­i­cal progress.

Man­dela’'s pass­ing al­most two decades af­ter his iconic em­brace with a mainly white South African Rugby World Cup- win­ning team added a deep poignancy to the show­piece pro­ceed­ings at the beach re­sort venue of Costa do Sauipe.

Brazil has faced lo­gis­ti­cal and po­lit­i­cal prob­lems in try­ing to over­haul a large coun­try of some 200 mil­lion peo­ple but it was Man­dela who summed up how it was sport, not pol­i­tics, that can bring so­cial change of the kind Brazil now seeks in host­ing its sec­ond World Cup. – Sa­paAFP

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