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I was watching a recent CNN programme in which they were discussing the negative effect Donald Trump had on the youth of America. As a result of his penchant for hurling abuse at African Americans, Mexicans and others, children as young as six were tending to do the same. “Go home” or “you don’t belong here” were common phrases used more frequently by young people. The US president is not setting a great example.

Why is it, then, that we set such high standards for our sportsmen and women in whatever discipline they excel? We expect them to win. We expect them to play to the rules of the game. We expect them to behave on and off the field. We even expect them to be ambassadors for their country! ..

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