London 2012 Olympics: Cook’s camp submit new evidence to BOA
Aaron Cook and his team have sent fresh evidence of GB Taekwondo overlooking his selection from the London 2012 Olympic squad since August 2011.
Cook, the recently crowned world champion, was not selected for the GB Taekwondo squad for London 2012 Olympics by the apex organization. His inclusion in the team has become a national issue as he is seen as the best prospect of winning a medal for London this year.
Additionally, his decision to quit the GB’s high profile training program to continue his own training, had further ruffled GB feathers and did not go down well with the selection committee.
Lutalo Muhammad, who did not even rank close to Cook, was selected to represent London. The Cook camp have sent fresh evidence to the BOA which indicates that GB was bent on excluding the champion from the squad since August 2011, the same time when Cook quit the GB training program.
GB Taekwondo have however denied such claims. They said, “This is simply untrue and malicious. We are seeking more information on the very serious and damaging allegations made and will comment further in due course.”
After leaving the GB Academy last year, Cook has won nine tour titles and has been crowned the world champion. He said he felt “cheated” on not being included in the Olympic squad. The new evidence includes an article published in February which indicates the malicious behavior of GB Taekwondo.
Off all the stories, rumors, evidences and facts produced, it is clear that Cook’s decision of leaving the GB Academy has resulted in his exclusion.
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