Aaron Cook could launch legal battle over Olympic snub

SNUBBED world number one Aaron Cook could be set to launch a legal battle following his omission from the Olympic Games in London this summer.

The taekwondo player has been overlooked three times by GB Taekwondo, world number 59 Lutalo Mohammed being picked ahead of him in the under-80kg class.

The decision, which was ratified at the third time of asking by the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Friday, has caused a huge row and the BOA and World Taekwondo Association have launched reviews into the selection process.

Barring any intervention from the WTF it appears taking his case to the courts is the 21-year-old’s last hope of participating at London 2012. The next move is now down to Cook, according to BOA chief executive Andy Hunt.

“It’s up to every individual to make their decision,” said Hunt.

“I’m massively sympathetic to both Aaron and Lutalo. They’ve both been through an extraordinary few weeks, I’ve got masses of respect for both of them.

“If Aaron feels he needs to take the matter further, so be it.

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“Equally we are still awaiting the outcome of the World Taekwondo Federation review into this matter because they clearly have cited some concerns that they have to.”

Cook quit the GB Taekwondo set-up a year ago and has since worked on his own programme, something his supporters believe has worked against him but which GB Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall denies.

Hall said: “I assure you it’s absolutely not the case.”

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