As we move towards the close of another hectic, controversial, spectacular, worrying (please employ another five or so random adjectives of your choice, to taste) sporting year it is clear that we have had some very obvious highs and, yes, some very clear lows.
It is a measure of Mike Lee's stature in the small, rather esoteric world that we and many of you inhabit that his recent death at the woefully early age of 61 serves to underline with sombre finality what we have known for a year now: that the golden age of Olympic bidding is over.
Tributes have been paid to Mike Lee after the founder and chairman of Vero Communications died at the age of 61.
British-based Vero Communications have announced their support for Morocco's bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Leading strategic communications agency Vero have announced the appointment of former journalist Tom Lloyd to boost their team in a year in which they hope to land Paris the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
David Owen: Why Mike Lee would have found it difficult to work for Paris and other lessons from the epic 2012 Olympic campaign
The emergence of Vero chairman Mike Lee as an adviser of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid makes his book, The Race for the 2012 Olympics, a required text for the new contest.
Paris is to make its long-awaited entrance into the race for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games on Olympic Day - June 23.