Obesity has risen among adults and children.
Official retrospections continue as to why London 2012 failed to "inspire a generation."
The success of Parkrun offers answers.
Parkrun is not a race but a time trial: Your only competitor is the clock.
The ethos welcomes anybody.
There is as much joy over a puffed-out first-timer being clapped over the line as there is about top talent shining.
The Olympic bidders, by contrast, wanted to get more people doing sports and to produce more elite athletes.
The dual aim was mixed up: The stress on success over taking part was intimidating for newcomers.
Indeed, there is something a little absurd in the state getting involved in the planning of such a fundamentally "grassroots", concept as community sports associations.
If there is a role for government, it should really be getting involved in providing common goods:
making sure there is space for playing fields and the money to pave tennis and netball courts, and encouraging the provision of all these activities in schools.
But successive governments have presided over selling green spaces,
squeezing money from local authorities and declining attention on sport in education.
Instead of wordy, worthy strategies, future governments need to do more to provide the conditions for sport to thrive.
Or at least not make them worse.