After India successfully organized the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi, the long-term plan was to bid for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. While India did indeed go on to bid for the Olympics, which was ultimately awarded to Barcelona, its appalling failure in the process did not appear to leave any viable foothold upon which to build in future years. This study aims to re-examine the story of Indian Olympic Association's failed bid for the 1992 Olympics, which among other regrettable outcomes, tarnished India's image as an Olympic nation and sporting entity.