12/07 09:13 CST Celebrating Mandela: South African sports goes on
Celebrating Mandela: South African sports goes on
By GERALD IMRAY
AP Sports WriterSouth Africa's rugby sevens team huddled in the middle of the
stadium named after Nelson Mandela, raised their hands to the skies and then
won their game Saturday.
Mourning the loss of the former president, South Africa has decided sports will
go on to celebrate the leader's inspiring legacy.
At Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, South African players wore black armbands across
an image of the country's multicolored flag. The hosts beat Canada in their
opening game of rugby's World Sevens Series event in Port Elizabeth, in
Mandela's home province.
Cricket and soccer have also said national and international matches will be
played this weekend, with tributes, moments of silence and armbands.
Mandela died Thursday and will be buried near his rural South African home Dec.