TOKYO'S victory in the race to become host city of the 2020 Summer Games provides a special opportunity for Australian Olympics sport.
For many of those sports, it will be a bonanza coming soon after the Gold Coast stages the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
And whilst we are looking at events five to seven years hence, they cannot come soon enough.
Many of Australia's national sporting bodies are struggling for both relevance and success.
A home Commonwealth Games followed by an Olympics in the same time zone can provide the elixir, if they can get their houses in order and work out how to leverage such special opportunities.
They could perhaps take some already provided advice from Port Adelaide Football Club chairman David Koch who put his team's revival this year down to two key factors - culture and having the right people in the right places.
It may be simplistic but it is a perfect fit for a clutch of sports which while dear to the heart of Australian sports fans of the past and occasionally of today, need a circuit breaker to get back on track.
While Australia's swim team enjoyed a good world championships in 2013 and found a high-profile leader in John Bertrand, its members still have ground to make up to at least get back to where they were not so long ago.
Cycling and athletics are both about to change their leadership and are currently side-tracked by Australian Sports Commission plans to restructure their governance and administration.
All three sports have been subject to scrutiny for athlete behavioural issues and would benefit from long-term planning to reap the benefits from stand-out events on the international calendar.
Each needs a champion. Cycling has one in caravan king Gerry Ryan while swimming may have found one in mining magnate Gina Reinhardt who has pledged significant sums to assist athlete preparation.
But athletics and many of the other sports on the Olympic and Commonwealth programs are without major sponsors or benefactors and perhaps equally critically, without regular television exposure.
The recent athletics world championships only received highlights coverage in Australia and the swimming version even less.
Cycling fares better - with a broadcast champion in SBS flying its flag on a regular basis.
But Koch is right - even though he was talking about a football club.
The big things that these sports have in their favour is culture and history both in Australian folklore generally and in terms of actual success. Yet they seem reluctant to take advantage.
They must not lose sight of the need to constantly embrace the past and not hesitate to educate newer generations of what has gone before them.
The Gold Coast in 2018 and Tokyo 2020 are precious gifts to many Australian sports.
They must appreciate their value and begin thought and work immediately to maximise the benefits that can surely flow for those who see the light.
For some it may be the last chance to remain a significant player or indeed, any sort of player at all.