Hope for taekwondo star Cook as BOA refuse to ratify exclusion from Team GB
14:22 GMT, 31 May 2012
The British Olympic Association have opened the door for Aaron Cook to compete at the Olympics after refusing to ratify British Taekwondo's exclusion of the European champion.
Cook was widely anticipated to secure nomination for the Under 80kgs category on a four-strong team, having retained his European title in Manchester at the start of May.
However, the 21-year-old, set to be ranked world No 1 ahead of the Games, was overlooked in favour of Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division for the Olympics.
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That prompted Cook to write to the BOA after an internal appeal to Sports Resolution Ltd returned the same outcome, and which saw the scheduled Team GB squad announcement postponed.
The BOA's Olympic Qualification Standards (OQS) panel on Thursday met with GB Taekwondo and have asked them to look again at the selection.
A statement read: 'The Panel also recognised the complexity and difficulty of the decisions the Selection Committee had before it, particularly with respect to two outstanding and highly qualified athletes in the Men's Under 80 kg weight category.
'On the basis of the process that was followed by Sport Taekwondo UK in arriving at its nomination for the Men's Under 80 kg weight category, it was the unanimous decision of the OQS Panel that it could not ratify the nomination.'