06/12/2013 03:06 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Nelson Mandela Death: Sport Pays Tribute

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - 27: Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela poses with South Africa Rugby Union coach Jake White (L), South Africa Rugby Union captain John Smit (R) and the Webb-Ellis cup during the Springboks visit to Nelson Mandela at his residence on October 27, 2007 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa became the current holders of the cup after defeating Former champions England 15-6 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The sporting world has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95 at his home.

The former South African president had been ill for some time and was admitted to hospital earlier this year with a recurring lung infection.

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