The Rundown

10 pictures of Nelson Mandela in sport

Nelson Mandela's life and the impacts he made are of course common knowledge. A little less renowned, however, is the true extent of his involvement in sporting events and public relations over the years.

While his appearances at the conclusion of South Africa's World Cups in 1995 (rugby union) and 2010 (football) are as legendary as his political journeys, Mandela wined and dined with sporting icons across a host of events and disciplines all around the globe.

So with that in mind, we hope you enjoy our pick of 10 great Nelson Mandela sporting moments.

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1993: Mandela poses with Manchester United ahead of their friendly contest with Kaizer Chiefs

1993: Shaking hands with Tony Adams before Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle

1995: Presenting the Webb Ellis trophy to South African skipper Francois Pienaar after a successful home World Cup effort

1995: Meeting with footballing icon Pele to discuss plans for a Brazil v South Africa exhibition match

2000: Talking to members of the Tanzania Olympic contingent during a pre-Sydney Games tour of Australia

2001: 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler 'holds back' fellow boxer Lennox Lewis and Mandela - obviously, Nelson would have had him

2002: With then-South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock

2005: Pienaar and Lucas Radebe with Nelson at the Mandela Challenge Plate at Ellis Park Stadium, a decade on from the World Cup win

2008: Sharing a joke with medal-winning Paralympians after the Beijing Games

2010: Taking to the pitch before Spain defeated the Netherlands in the World Cup final