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BOA seek clarification on Cook absence
The British Olympic Association have asked British Taekwondo for "further clarification" over their decision to exclude European champion Aaron Cook from the London Olympic squad.
Cook, 21, has appealed to the governing body after he failed to secure an expected under-80kgs nomination in a four-strong team, having retained his European title in Manchester at the start of May.
Despite receiving the backing of performance director Gary Hall, Cook - who last year decided to quit the British Taekwondo's World Class Performance Programme and train independently, but is set to this week be ranked world number one - was overlooked in favour of Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division for the Olympics.
The BOA's Olympic Qualification Standards panel - which consists of chief executive Andy Hunt, Sir Clive Woodward, deputy chef de mission Mark England and Sarah Winckliss, chairman of the BOA athletes commission - met to discuss the situation, and have asked for more information over the selection policy.
A BOA statement read: "The OQS Panel also seeks to ensure that the process of selecting athletes for Team GB is conducted in a manner that is fair and in accordance with the approved selection procedures.
"The OQS Panel formally accepted the athlete nominations submitted by British Taekwondo in the Women's Under-57kg and Under-67kg weight categories, and in the Men's Under-68kg weight category.
"With respect to the nomination in the Men's Under-80kg weight category, the OQS Panel is requesting a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity with the British Taekwondo Selection Committee.
"(In order to) seek further information and clarification about: the process by which the athletes were evaluated by the British Taekwondo Selection Committee; the head-kick scoring regulations in international taekwondo; their bearing on selection the OQS Panel will also be seeking information from the World Taekwondo Federation on this point.
"Once the OQS Panel has had an opportunity to ask further questions of and receive additional information from the British Taekwondo Selection Committee, it will be in a position to act upon the nomination."
It is likely Martin Stamper, Wales' Jade Jones and Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Stevenson, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, have secured the other three places on the British squad.