St. Moritz was chosen to host the 1948 Winter Olympics ahead of Lake Placid in the United States because it was in Switzerland, who had remained neutral during World War Two. As St Moritz had already staged the Games in 1928 the International Olympic Committee also believed that it would make the organisation simpler and more economical. But, despite the existence of many of the venues, it was still a difficult task to organise the Games in less than 18 months, including the building of several new railway stations. Switzerland has not hosted the Olympics since, despite bidding four times.
The British Paralympic Association is seeking a high calibre individual to be responsible for the development of project plans for all of the organisations activity and in particular to ensure that the best prepared ParalympicsGB team's are sent to the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
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.
From the "scandalous" judging of the London 1948 Games to the Athens 2004 embarrassment, gymnastics has done much to right the wrongs of the past and, fittingly, has proved extremely supple in terms of its presentation and values over the years to now sit in the top tier of Olympic sports. Mike Rowbottom reports