(ORDO NEWS) — For many, the theme of sports is associated with any achievements of athletes, records, betting on results and bookmakers.
In this article we will talk about those great sporting events that influenced the history of mankind. They helped people gain confidence in themselves and gave hope for a brighter future.
The flourishing racial division in South Africa had a strong impact on the political and social infrastructure, even despite the abolition of apartheid (racial segregation) in 1994.
At the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks team of South Africa defeated the All Blacks team from New Zealand.
This moment played a large and important role in history, as it testified to the weakening of racial conflicts.
South African President Nelson Mandela, who actively fought for human rights during apartheid, even shook hands with the captain of the Springboks team, Francois Pienaar.
German neurosurgeon Ludwig Guttmann hosted the International Wheelchair Sports Games to help rehabilitate World War II veterans.
He invited wheelchair-bound athletes to compete. Thus, Guttman became the founder of the Paralympic movement.
Adolf Hitler was confident that the 1936 Olympics in Berlin would confirm his theory of the superiority of the Aryan race. But the dictator of Nazi Germany was greatly mistaken.
American black track and field athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the 100m and 200m, set a world record in the 4x100m relay and won in the long jump.
The famous photo shows Owens saluting during the long jump medal presentation.
However, when Jesse Owens returned to the United States of America, the only person who did not congratulate the athlete who angered Hitler himself was President Franklin Roosevelt.
The famous American cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer and the prognosis was disappointing, as the disease was learned at the last stage.
Despite this, Armstrong managed to beat cancer and finished first overall in the Tour de France seven times. By his example, the athlete inspired many to fight cancer to the end, not to give up and believe in the best.
Before the 1900 Paris Olympics, women weren’t allowed to compete. But in 1900, women entered the field tennis and golf tournament. And at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, women took part in boxing competitions for the first time.
In 1965, Cassius Clay became the heavyweight champion. The next day, the athlete announced that he was a member of the Nation of Islam community, and changed his name to Mohammed Ali.
Due to the fact that the famous boxer Mohammed Ali not only refused to serve, but also actively condemned the hostilities in Vietnam, he was deprived of his champion title, license to fight and a passport, without which he could not leave the country.
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