BOA to scrutinise Cook omission
The British Olympic Association will on Tuesday examine whether taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook has been unfairly treated in his controversial omission from the London 2012 Olympic squad.
Cook, 21, had been expected to secure the under-80kgs nomination in a four-strong team, having retained his European title in Manchester at the start of May.
However, 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 - was overlooked in favour of Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division for the Olympics.
Cook is set to return to the top of the latest world rankings, and has issued a wordy statement in which he declared it "incredible" he would be denied the opportunity to fight for a medal in London, having appealed the original decision which caused the delay of last week's planned squad announcement in Manchester.
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 - are set to convene on Tuesday to discuss whether they ratify British Taekwondo's nominations or ask them to look again. A final decision could even end up at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
It is the first real controversy surrounding the make-up of Team GB, with Monday's announcement of the shooting squad going ahead despite one place still to be confirmed, subject to appeal.
Team GB Chef de Mission Hunt told Press Association Sport: "We have spent a lot of time making sure the selection policies which were set by each of the governing bodies were as clear as possible.
"It is now important that when we ratify nominations made to us, that we are absolutely sure the nominations have been made against the clear criteria which were set.
"Where there are subjective judgements made, that is even more difficult.
"We will scrutinise all the documentation we are now in possession of from British Taekwondo and go through it very, very carefully and judge tomorrow whether we are happy to ratify those nominations."