The International Olympic Committee did not have any female members until 1981 when it elected Venezuela's Flor Isava-Fonseca and Finland's Pirjo Häggman. Now there are 24 women who are IOC members, representing 22.6 per cent of the total membership of 106. There are also four honorary members. Isava-Fonseca, a sportswoman, journalist and writer, was the first woman elected to the IOC Executive Board in 1990. America Anita DeFrantz, a former rower who won an Olympic bronze medal at Montreal 1976, became the first female vice-president of the IOC between 1997 and 2001. She stood unsuccessfully to replace Juan Antonio Samaranch when he stood down as IOC President in 2001.
In the summer of 2017, London will stage both the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC Athletics World Championships in the Olympic Stadium. It will be the first time that these two Championships have been staged in the same year in the same city.
An International University Sports Federation (FISU) delegation has completed a 12-day visit to 2017 Summer Universiade hosts Taipei during which officials visited competition venues and discussed progress and preparation with local organisers.
October 27 - A row has broken out over the budget for the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei with the Council in the Taiwanese capital being accused of misusing public funding and guilt of extravagant spending on the event.
Christmas Day this year will mark the 100-year anniversary of the Christmas truce when British and German soldiers fighting in the First World War created their own brief ceasefire to exchange gifts and play impromptu games of football in a perfect example of how sport can bring warring nations together. Mike Rowbottom recounts the historic tale.