FIFA Presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale told a packed room at Securing Sport that sport helped keep him alive while in prison.
South African Sexwale was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela and told the conference in New York that “one of the things that kept us alive on Robben Island was the power of sport.”
During his impassioned speech he spoke of how racism threat to sport and society.
“I want to talk about something that has crossed my heart. The biggest threat to sport is racism,” said Sexwale.
“Racism is a societal ill that also needs to be combated beyond the field of play.”
During his keynote speech Sexwale also spoke about the current issues of FIFA and claimed “We in FIFA brought ourselves to this position by failing to adhere to certain basic standards.”