Taekwondo chiefs defiant over 2012 selection row

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T Taekwondo UK have defended their right to pick their own team for London 2012, despite the British Olympic Association’s demand that a new selection panel be assembled as the row over the omission of world No1 Aaron Cook intensifies.

The BOA rejected the nomination of Lutalo Muhammad for the British Olympic team after growing concerned that STUK “disproportionately” judged the selection criteria in overlooking Cook, though STUK remain confident in their reasoning and, according to an official statement, are debating their next move.

The statement said: “The panel’s knowledge and technical expertise has been key to this [selection] process and we maintain that their role is to ensure that we nominate the best set of athletes who in turn represent the best opportunity for Great Britain to achieve medal success at London 2012.

“We have the right to appeal this decision within 24 hours and are now considering our position.”