Fit for nothing
Yes, some schools could do more to make sport appealing to pupils. Too many children are put off athletics because they spend hours waiting for their turn to jump into a sandpit. But despite investing nearly pound;500 million, ministers have refused to guarantee PE the curriculum time it merits. This is one way of producing more heavyweights to compete in the shot-put - appropriately enough, the former Commonwealth champion was called Burger Lambrechts - but it does little for children's health.