What does U-turn mean for sporting legacy?
Of all the difficult spending cuts announced by the coalition government back in October, Prime Minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne cannot have expected the scrapping of funding for school sports to have sparked such howls of protests.
Tuition fees, sure. Defence cuts, definitely. But a relatively small and little known network called School Sports Partnerships (SSPs)?
That was hardly likely to cause demonstrations, was it?
And yet on Monday Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, will announce a partial climbdown on the decision to axe the £162m scheme.
After a series of meetings with cabinet colleagues last week, including the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, I understand about £70m has been salvaged to ensure the network is maintained, although that too will eventually be phased out.
Some of that money will also be used to pay for the government's new Schools Olympics, which are designed to boost competitiveness in school sports.
No matter how Mr Gove and his fellow ministers spin it, this is a U-turn. He will argue he has saved funds by slashing half the money used to fund what he saw as an over bureaucratic and wasteful administration.
Crucially, says the sports lobby, he has retained the most essential part of the scheme - namely 450 SSPs covering many more schools.
But there is no doubt the backlash from head teachers and leading athletes caught the government by surprise. Even after Cameron had signalled he was having a rethink, school children, head teachers and leading athletes kept up the pressure.
So why did the government change its mind?
Cameron, in particular, recognised quite quickly that this was a bad moment to start jeopardising grassroots sport with the London Olympics hurtling down the track.
Since winning the right to stage the 2012 Games back in 2005, Lord Coe's grand vision of a sporting legacy for the country has not made much progress.
The Conservatives made it a manifesto pledge to deliver such a legacy but, with so little time and so little money, serious questions were being asked as to how that was going to be achieved.
In November, the government unveiled its main plan for delivering a grassroots legacy from the Games - a £135m initiative primarily for facilities and volunteers called People Places Play.
But if ministers had any doubts about the scale of the task facing them, a survey by Sport England published last week revealed that, despite a steady increase across sport generally, five of the seven leading sports, including football and swimming, actually saw a fall in participation.
Set against that background - and the prime minister's involvement in England's doomed 2018 World Cup bid - cutting a relatively modest amount of funding to a school sports scheme that teachers said was working was bad PR.
On Monday, Cameron will make great play of his government's commitment to sport when the floodlights at the London Olympic Stadium are turned on for the first time.
Organisers will again point to the rapid and impressive progress they are making along the road to 2012.
But despite the government's change of heart on school sports, doubts still linger over what will follow after.
Update 1500 GMT
Michael Gove's announcement promises more money for school sports than was perhaps expected.
Having announced he was scrapping the £162m annual funding for school sports next March, teachers and sports bodies will reflect that any money is a bonus.
In total, £136m of new funding appears to have been salvaged by the government from the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the National Lottery to save the SSP scheme until 2013 and to pay for the School Olympics.
This money is made up of:
* £47m to keep the existing SSP network in place until September next year. That is an additional six months for the exisiting programme, which was due to be scrapped in March
* £65m to be paid to each of the 3,500 secondary schools in England to allow one PE teacher to dedicate one day a week to organising and running school sport
* £24m to pay for the new School Olympics scheme from the Department of Health and National Lottery (£10m from the Lottery and £14m from Health).
This is being portrayed as an embarrassing U-turn for the government by Labour and a victory for the school sports lobby, who campaigned so hard against the cuts.
The Youth Sports Trust (YST), the charity that runs the SSP scheme, says the new funding will be sufficient to maintain a "basic network", although it does halve the number of days a week PE teachers are able to devote to organising school sports from two to one.
But had the original funding been maintained at previous levels, the 450 SSPs would have shared £324m up to 2013. If the YST is now saying it can run the programme on £188m less, it begs the question: what exactly was the rest of the money being spent on?
And that is the coalition's point. They argue the cash was being wasted on bureaucracy and not developing competitive school sports.
But while sport will welcome the change of heart from a government facing such difficult economic circumstances, the money allocated only lasts until the summer of 2013 - one year after the London Olympics.
And the big question remains: what happens after that?