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first_imgFabio Capello Mon 15 Dec 2008 19.01 EST … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Participation goalposts moved Olympic Games Matt Scott Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Cricket Share via Email Support The Guardian Shares00 In the build-up to the decisive announcement due today over how Sport England will divide £480m of public money for grass-roots sport, confusion has reigned over exactly what the funding body is trying to achieve.Government targets require that 1m more people will be involved in sport from 2012. However, Sport England’s chief executive, Jennie Price, seemed to effect a subtle but significant shift in what the organisation hopes to fulfil by describing the target as “1m people involved in more sport”. Even British Cycling’s chief executive, Ian Drake, seemed not to have been briefed when he said yesterday: “Sport England want to get half a million more people into sport by 2012.” Share on Twitter First published on Mon 15 Dec 2008 19.01 EST Olympic Games 2012 Digger Share on Facebook Topics That, according to Sport England, was an extrapolation of figures announced last week in which it trumpeted the 500,000-person increase in sports participation. It says last week’s data do not relate to the 2012 target and that it will only start the clock on the 1m figure today. It claims participation is only measured if an individual is taking part in 30 minutes’ moderate exercise three times a week. But with schools programmes expected to be confirmed as a central part of the strategy today – and easier to influence than adults’ clubs – there is dissatisfaction as to how transparent the benchmarks are.”In the past five years there have been so many different performance targets,” said Hugh Robertson, the shadow sports minister. “There’s considerable confusion over what is required. The difficult part is the performance-measuring of the funding.”Funding stumps KingIn an era of tension between the Bank of England and the prime minister, today could lead to a behind-the-scenes breakdown of a different kind, with Sport England the catalyst. The Bank’s governor, Mervyn King, leads the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Chance to Shine grass-roots foundation, which received a written pledge for £10m of National Sports Foundation (NSF) funding from the then chancellor, Gordon Brown. But following Sport England’s restructuring, the NSF was disbanded, putting in jeopardy that pledge. Whether the funding body honours Brown’s promise or uses the NSF’s dissolution as reason to rip up the accord is said to be perplexing King at a time when he has enough on his mind.No ticket to ride for BBCBBC Sport grandees had cause to regret the decision to relocate their operations to Manchester in 2012 after being stranded in Liverpool by train failures following Sunday night’s Sports Personality of the Year show. Among the familiar faces caught in the travel chaos yesterday was the presenter John Inverdale. There was also the issue of Liverpool’s bid for the SPOTY event not exactly living up to its billing. When the city submitted its bid to the BBC, a promotional video outlined how it would pull the stars of Liverpool Football Club on the night. As it turned out, the number of Anfield’s finest among the 9,000 who travelled to Liverpool was precisely none. At least Everton’s Phil Neville made it to present an award.Barwick in demandBrian Barwick, below, is a man much in demand. The Football Association chief executive leaves the body next month but his almost unique position as having led negotiations on some of the biggest sports-rights properties, both as a seller and as a buyer, has already led to contacts from major agencies in the market. One thing he can be ruled out from is the BBC’s head-of-sport vacancy. Barwick’s decision to sell England football rights to ITV and Setanta riled the corporation, and Barwick himself believes a return would be regress.Joke lost in translationA quiz set up by the FA for the media yesterday asked: “What was Fabio Capello’s nickname as a player?” It was “Il ragioniere”. But what came as a surprise to Italian speakers present was the FA’s translation. “The surveyor” said the quizmaster, the director of communications, Adrian Bevington. A bit of FA spin there, it seems. For why, when Capello’s tax affairs have been the subject of an investigation by the Italian authorities for the past 11 months, would the FA risk the mockery of media wags and use the more accepted denotation of the word ragioniere: “The accountant”?• The following clarification was printed in the Guardian’s Corrections and clarifications column, Monday 22 December 2008. In the article above, we said a Football Association quiz had mistranslated Fabio Capello’s nickname as a player, Il ragioniere, as “the surveyor” when it should be “the accountant”. The FA’s quizmaster points out that he was correctly translating another nickname for Capello, Il geometra. 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