• London Olympics 2012

Cook persists with Olympic case

ESPN staff
June 20, 2012
Aaron Cook is still hopeful of overturning the decision to leave him out of GB Taekwondo's Olympic selection © Getty Images

The representatives of Aaron Cook, the taekwondo world No. 1 and European -80kg champion omitted from Team GB's squad, have informed the British Olympic Association (BOA) they have new evidence to submit in their quest to have him selected.

BOA chief executive Andy Hunt has confirmed he had contact from Cook's agent to tell him that legal advisers would send a formal letter, containing information to be discussed at Wednesday's meeting of their national Olympic committee.

Hunt, who remains adamant that GB Taekwondo's selection process was correct, said that changes across all Olympic sports may be considered for the future.

"I have received an email from Aaron Cook's agent saying I will get a letter from his lawyers on Wednesday," Hunt told Press Association Sport. "It says they have new evidence they wish us to look at which may give rise to legal action.

"We have spent an unprecedented amount of time going through the detail of the selection process and made sure third time around the process was followed 100% to our satisfaction and with an independent observer there.

"There was unanimous approval by our qualifications panel and it is not for us to judge if they have selected the right athlete, just to make sure the process was followed correctly."

The BOA, while unable to approve selection procedures, can comment on them and recommend changes.

"We need to have a thorough review to look at discretional selection policies and how we can improve that so there is more transparency for athletes," he added.

"Australia made a radical change to selection policies after a large number of appeals before the Sydney Games and we need to look at best practice."

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