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Cook's Olympic fate in the balance

Aaron Cook has not been selected for the Olympic Taekwondo squad Photo: JON SUPER/AP/Press Association Images

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, from Dorchester, 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.

He had received the backing of performance director Gary Hall but was overlooked in favour of Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division for the Olympics.

There is some speculation that the decision may be linked to Cook's decision to quit the British Taekwondo's World Class Performance Programme and train independently.

However Cook is set to be ranked world number one this week.

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 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 to seek further information and clarification about the process by which the athletes were evaluated by the British Taekwondo Selection Committee."

The statement continued: "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."