When Frank Walsh, Commissioner of Public Relations for the Pacific Association of the A.A.U., decided he would like to have a look at Soviet sports facilities, he found to his surprise that the Russians were extremely eager to have him come. His visa was granted just 45 minutes after he entered the Soviet Embassy in Washington and on his arrival in Moscow he was greeted with flowers and a band merrily tootling The Star-Spangled Banner. "Being a Republican and associating floral wreaths with funerals I was a bit worried," says Walsh. But the Soviets turned out to be magnificent hosts to their visitor and he saw almost every type of sport practiced in the U.S.S.R. Highly impressed with the sincerity with which Soviet athletes approach their sports, Walsh reports that from what he could see performers in the U.S.S.R. are amateurs who spend all their spare time after working hours or on vacations perfecting their athletic skills. "Although the athletes don't seem politically minded," remarks Walsh, "they are highly nationalistic and play very hard." The Soviet posters and insignia which Walsh brought back and which are shown on the following pages, however, are in themselves impressive proof of the political importance which Soviet authorities place on sports today.