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Craig Reedie, the chairman of the British Olympic Association, protests too much. His intemperate comments on the BBC's investigation into corruption in the International Olympic Committee are profoundly misplaced. By suggesting that last week's Panorama was wrong to use hidden cameras to film a Bulgarian IOC member seeming to discuss the acceptance of bribes, Mr Reedie is effectively saying the BBC should not have investigated the IOC at all. Mr Reedie and the IOC ought to thank the BBC for exposing the bad apple in their midst. As it is, his reaction has merely emphasised what is wrong with the ruling bodies of the Olympic movement.

Craig Reedie, the chairman of the British Olympic Association, protests too much. His intemperate comments on the BBC's investigation into corruption in the International Olympic Committee are profoundly misplaced. By suggesting that last week's Panorama was wrong to use hidden cameras to film a Bulgarian IOC member seeming to discuss the acceptance of bribes, Mr Reedie is effectively saying the BBC should not have investigated the IOC at all. Mr Reedie and the IOC ought to thank the BBC for exposing the bad apple in their midst. As it is, his reaction has merely emphasised what is wrong with the ruling bodies of the Olympic movement.

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