With a decision on which city is to host the 2008 Olympics imminent, Beijing is doing all it can to ensure the IOC takes the Chinese option.
At the same time, the city is making sure its athletes are ready to compete at the highest level should Beijing win out over the other candidates.
This is the Shichahai Sports School in central Beijing.
For many years, it has produced a stream of talent.
If Beijing does stage the 2008 Olympic Games, then the champions of those Games are already being prepared.
Shichahai is a part-time sports school whose pupils are the cream of Beijing's sporting youth.
There are schools like it all around China.
The children, like these gymnasts who are all around nine years old, are selected from tests at their own schools, and are then offered the opportunity to supplement their education with top-class sports coaching.
While not all may be ready for 2008, this school has produced many champions, like gymnast Ma Yanhong, a gold-medallist in 1984, and Kui Yuanyuan, silver-medallist in Sydney.
Naturally, table tennis is one of the sports on the curriculum here, and among their alumni is former World Champion Wang Tao.
Shichahai students have not only excelled in sport - Kung Fu's latest film star, Jet Li, was a student here.
In seven years time, who is to say Shichahai won't produce an Olympic champion?