The British Olympic Association have backed the selection of Londoner Lutalo Muhammad in the Olympic taekwondo team after it rejected the latest appeal from his rival Aaron Cook. Cook is ranked world number 1 in the under-80 kg category but was left out by the GB Taekwondo selectors.
The BOA ruled there was not enough evidence that the selection process was flawed and have told Cook he cannot appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as it is not the "correct forum". However, Cook could still take his case to the High Court.
Aaron Cook's lawyers are to send a "letter before action" to the British Olympic Association outlining his legal case why he should be in the British Olympic taekwondo team. Londoner Lutalo Muhammad was controversially picked in the under-80 kg category instead of Cook who is the world no. 1.
Cook could take his case to the High Court or the Court of Arbitration for Sport if the BOA or the World Taekwondo Federation do not take action. He also today offered to fight Muhammad in a one-off bout to decide who should go to the Olympics.
Taekwondo's world no. 1 Aaron Cook will hold a press conference today where he is expected to reveal his next steps to get into the British Olympic team. Cook was controversially not picked in the under-80 kg class - Londoner Lutalo Muhammad was chosen instead and Cook could now take legal action.
Muhammad is ranked only 59th in the under-80 kg class, but he is a European champion in a higher weight category. However, Cook believes he has been left out because he left GB Taekwondo's training programme and trains independently.
The Walthamstow athlete at the centre of a row over the team selection for taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympics has been speaking to ITV news about his excitement at being able to represent his country.
Lutalo Muhammad was chosen ahead of the world number one Aaron Cook in the under-80kg division. Cook's supporters believe the decision was influenced by the fact that he left the GB Taekwondo set-up a year ago to work outside the programme.
But performance director Gary Hall has denied that was the case.
He said: "The selection policy has never included world rankings because it doesn't tell a true reflection on performance.
"World number one in our selection policy comes down to whether you win world medals, European medals or Olympic medals. We totally respect the system, but it doesn't tell us entirely what the performance potential of each athlete is."
Lutalo Muhammad speaks to ITV News about his excitement at being able to represent his country - and how the row over his selection has affected him.