Suspected Russian hoaxers target former IPC head Philip Craven

• Recordings of Craven’s voice used in calls to high-profile figures
• German journalists Hajo Seppelt raises alarm after phone contact

The former head of the International Paralympic Committee suspects he was targeted by Russian hoaxers for the second time in a year on the day the country was banned from the Winter Olympics.

Sir Philip Craven has warned other sporting administrators to be wary of impersonators after recordings of his voice were used in a series of phone calls to various high-profile figures. The German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who played a key role in exposing systematic doping in Russia, answered a phone call on Tuesday by someone claiming to be Craven.

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