David Crawford’s long-awaited report into Olympic funding yesterday created the sort of impact -- and yelp of pain -- in the corridors of the Australian Olympic Committee that Dean Lukin’s 240kg-loaded barbell might have done had he dropped it on John Coates’ foot.

For Crawford’s recommendations that the Federal Government cut back on the funding of some smaller Olympic sports -- weightlifting among them -- in favour of encouraging greater public participation in sport, and boosting ‘national psyche’ sports such as tennis, cricket, cycling and surf lifesaving, are dramatic and far-reaching.