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BOA in meeting on Cook omission; TAEKWONDO.

THE British Olympic Association are expected to meet British Taekwondo today for clarification over the omission of European champion Aaron Cook from the London Olympic squad.

Cook was widely anticipated to secure nomination for the under-80kgs category on a four-strong team, having retained his European title in Manchester this month.

However, the 21-year-old, set to be ranked world number one ahead of the Games, was overlooked in favour of Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division for the Olympics.

That prompted Cook to write to the BOA after an internal appeal to Sports Resolution Ltd returned the same outcome, and last week's scheduled Team GB squad announcement was postponed.

The BOA's Olympic Qualification Standards (OQS) panel met earlier this week to discuss the situation, among other selection wrangles, and have asked for more information over GB Taekwondo's selection process.

Cook indicated in a statement he felt his decision to quit the British Taekwondo's World Class Performance Programme in Manchester and train independently counted against him among the votes of the rest of the selectors.

GB Taekwondo, meanwhile, maintain the "overriding aim of the selection panel has been to select athletes who provide the Great Britain Taekwondo team the optimal chance of winning the best set of medals at the Games this summer."

The BOA could refuse to ratify Muhammad's nomination, and therefore effectively tell GB Taekwondo to reconsider, while the process itself could also be open to an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Sarah Stevenson, the world champion at her weight category, has recovered well from a serious knee injury, and is understood to have secured the under-67kgs spot.

Flint's youngster Jade Jones, world silver medallist, will take up the under-57kgs place, while Liverpudlian Martin Stamper is set for to fight for at under-68kgs.

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Date:May 31, 2012
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