Mandela street in Olympic Park “a fitting tribute”


In a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela’s proud legacy of equality and reconciliation Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets last night voted to call upon the Mayor of London and the London Legacy Development Corporation to name a street in the Olympic Park after Mandela.

The proposal was put forward by Labour councillor Carlo Gibbs who said it would be “a fitting tribute to both Mandela’s legacy and the unique ability of sport to bring unite communities.”

Speaking after the proposal was endorsed by Tower Hamlets councillors, Cllr Gibbs said:

“Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy has had a profound impact upon people around the world. His actions and attitude inspired millions just as the athletes who competed at the Olympic Park did.

“Like Mandela, sport has unique ability to bring people together. Naming an Olympic Park street after him would remind people that the Olympics wasn’t just a celebration of sport, but also of the things which unite us.

Labour London Assembly Member and candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“I believe London 2012 was a proud reflection of Mandela’s legacy, an event where athletes of all races, genders and sexualities were able to compete free of discrimination, and this would be an appropriate way to commemorate that.”

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