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Mike Rowbottom: Sir Philip Craven’s and Barack Obama’s good deeds - and words - shine in a naughty world

 Mike Rowbottom: Sir Philip Craven’s and Barack Obama’s good deeds - and words - shine in a naughty world

I don’t know why it is. It may be that I am weary, so very tired and weary of all the things I hear spoken or see written that I know are not true, that those who speak or write them also know are not true. But whatever the reason, I find myself thinking of the International Paralympic Committee press conference held in Rio de Janeiro a month before the Paralympic Games began there in which the organisation’s President, Sir Philip Craven, announced a blanket ban on Russian athletes.