2014 Sochi Olympics

Many men just don't feel able to talk about their deepest issues and fears. To do so is weak, it's failing, it goes against every grain and sinew of the male culture and existence. We're told men are supposed to be strong, tough, and resilient. They're wired to be the breadwinner, ever-able to deal with pressure.
The number of sports featured in the Olympic Games, for various reasons, changes constantly. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro event had 28 games, as had the previous three Olympics since 2000. In 2012, the games in London had only 26 after baseball and softball were dropped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Jenny Jones' bronze in the women's slope-style was arguably the best value for money medal we've ever had. And Jones has been largely self-funded, working part-time jobs of such excitement as being a cardboard inspector just to get her shot at the Olympics. For others there is no funding at all.
It's high time sportsmen take sports back from the clutch of statesmen. This is how the FIFA scandal should have been seen: not as a parable for capitalism, but as a lesson of what happens when sports become shorthand for politics.
An image of two Russian women sharing a kiss on board a flight has gone viral – thanks to the presence of a somewhat unassuming
As Bahrain's protests rumble on year after year, and as the authorities continue cracking down on street protests with mass tear-gassings and violent arrests, the F1 bubble-world seems never more vulnerable to bursting than when it's about to be staged in Manama.
With the Winter Olympic Games done and dusted for 2014 and all the many athletes, organisers and journalists back home, the Avaya team has been looking back on our previous Olympics experience and marvelling at the great distance the world and technology have come in only four years.
This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.
Obviously it would have taken time to really create success at the top level and this is not to say that GB Basketball would have become the new British Cycling but UK Sport, by narrowing their focus on short-term success, seemed to have missed the lessons that recent history and success could have taught them.
Abroad, we need to strike a balance between mockery and condemnation, prioritising our ultimate aims over indignation. Preaching or ridiculing other countries is unlikely to generate positive results.