Encouraging signs on Olympic venue legacy
No white elephants - that was the mantra of London's successful Olympic bid.
But ever since London pipped Paris and Madrid in the race for the 2012 Games, there has been uncertainty over how the £537m Olympic Stadium would be used once the flame is extinguished.
The 'flatpack stadium', as it became known by virtue of its adaptable design, was originally going to become a 25,000-seater athletics stadium. But organisers scrapped that and ordered a review last July when it became clear track and field alone would not cover the estimated £1m-a-year running costs.
Having allocated £9.3bn of public money for the Games, the idea of leaving London taxpayers with the costly burden of running the venue after the Olympics has caused many an official to break out in a cold sweat.
Financial turmoil at West Ham - caused by meltdown in Iceland - looked to have ended any hopes of the only realistic Premier League club moving in.
But then new owners David Gold and David Sullivan announced last March they would be interested in taking on the stadium and converting it from an 80,000-seater stadium to a 60,000-capacity football ground, crucially keeping the running track to ensure London maintained its commitment to athletics.
AEG, who own London's O2 arena, have shown an interest in the 2012 Olympic Stadium
Yet there are serious question marks over whether Gold and Sullivan will be able to raise the £100m-£150m cost of converting the venue. That is why Baroness Margaret Ford, the woman charged with leading a search for a long-term tenant or owner of the stadium, will be relieved AEG has thrown its hat in the ring.
At this stage, it is no more than an initial interest but the American sports and leisure giant insists it is keen to explore the possibilities, perhaps not only with the stadium but with other venues at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
AEG's track record in turning the troubled Millennium Dome into the successful O2 arena will give Ford and ministers hope it could do the same with the stadium, although there have to be doubts over whether the East End of London could accommodate two multi-sports and concert venues.
And beyond a professional football or rugby team, how many sports events could AEG realistically attract to Stratford given the Football Association's need to keep Wembley's schedules busy to pay off its huge debts?
At this stage, it is hard to tell exactly what AEG might have in mind. But it is worth noting that Baroness Ford played a key role as a Government adviser in setting up the £700m deal for AEG to take over the Dome.
Could it be she has encouraged AEG to show an interest with the Olympic Stadium to ensure West Ham are not the only bidder in town? Even if that is the case, at least the signs are a little more encouraging on venue legacy.
On the wider vision of using the London Olympics to inspire a sporting renewal in the United Kingdom, things are a little less clear.
All three of the main political parties talk in their manifestos of ensuring a legacy from the Olympics. All three are light on detail, it is fair to say. For now, there is no sign that the £100m a year Britain's top athletes receive to prepare for the London Games is unlikely to be cut by whoever is in the Treasury come Friday morning.
But, given the huge squeeze that is coming to cut the public sector deficit, sport's great fear is that funding will be cut after the Games. If that happens, then delivering that legacy will only get harder.