An important reason to host the Olympiad is also the excitement that has returned to Indian sport. Gone are the days when the whole nation looked forward to only a solitary medal at the Olympics. There is a renaissance of sorts as the winning feeling has returned to even athletics. Would any one have reckoned India to feature second in the medals tally in the recent Afro-Asian Games held in Hyderabad India has become a world-beating force in hockey, tennis and other events like billiards. Given this new wave of success India is experiencing in sport, isnt it therefore time to showcase our skills at the Olympic Games What a difference it will make to the national mood when Indians ascend the victory podium! Overall, it is a fact that any country holding this event is never the same as it ascends to a higher league of development Tokyo after 1964, Seoul after 1988, Sydney in 2000. Witness the hectic preparations underway in Beijing for 2008, using up all the steel surpluses in the world, including those from India. Indications are that India is also getting ready for a surge in steel imports due to the Commonwealth Games and that lower duties are expected in the Union budget for 2004-05. Hosting the Olympiad in 2020 will do much the same but on a much larger scale. Seventeen years are adequate to prepare for that event.