Why West Ham was the right choice
There will be plenty of people - and not just the board of Tottenham - who will greet Friday's decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company with a measure of concern.
There is concern at West Ham's lack of financial muscle (compared to that of Spurs) and their precarious position in the Premier League, concern at the plans to play football in a stadium with a running track at a time when most clubs with similar arrangements across Europe are ripping them up and concern at the amount of public money (£75m) being used to finance their £95m project.
But when all things are taken into consideration, the vast majority will probably feel that the OPLC have still made the right decision.
West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan and vice chairman Karren Brady pose outside the Olympic Stadium. Photo: PA
Because Britain made a promise to the International Olympic Committee back in Singapore in 2005 to keep athletics at the core of the main stadium post-2012.
London was to be different: the first Games where the legacy would be part of a clear, thought-out vision before the flame was even lit.
That was not only a vision to regenerate one of the poorest parts of the UK but also to use the Olympics to inspire a new generation to get involved in sport.
It won London the Games.
Dismantling the iconic stadium at the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and replacing it with a football ground, while compelling financially, was against the spirit of London's bid.
And it would have become a recurring theme in the build-up to the Games. Every press conference with the IOC would have included a question about broken promises.
As Lamine Diack, the head of world athletics governing body the IAAF, said last month Britain's reputation would have been dead.
In our interview on Friday, OPLC chairman Baroness Ford insisted again and again that the decision was based on the five key criteria and there was no political interference. On balance West Ham and Newham offered the better option.
But she did admit: "We said the whole way through that we wanted a proposition here that met the spirit of the bid book."
West Ham offered that.