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Cup expediting sports equality

Updated: July 4, 2010, 1:13 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

CAPE TOWN -- What a thing to do.

At the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, held here in South Africa, the new president of the nascent post-apartheid democracy, Nelson Mandela, famously appeared wearing a Springboks jersey.

It was much more than a skinny older man putting on the cotton of his nation's rugby team. He embraced an institution that had stood as the proud symbol of white arrogance, the favorite of the ruling white minority -- rooted against by the ...

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