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Mandela named Ashe Award recipient

Updated: June 15, 2009, 3:21 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former South African president Nelson Mandela will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2009 ESPYS on July 19.

The award is given annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.

Mandela was chosen for his actions at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa for the first time. After the host national team, the Springboks, won the final, Mandela, presented the William Webb Ellis Cup to South African captain Francois Pienaar. ...

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