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Legal challenge to Olympic decision

Aaron Cook fighting Credit: JON SUPER/AP/Press Association Images

Aaron Cook's legal team is considering legal action in the High Court to try and get him a place at the London Olympics.

The world number one Taekwondo star , who is from Dorchester in Dorset, believes he was wrongly deprived of a place at the Games.

The British Olympic Association has refused to refer the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In a statement Aaron Cook said the decision was "beyond belief."

Dorset fighter misses Olympics

Aaron Cook, the martial arts fighter from Dorchester in Dorset, has reacted with 'disbelief' after the British Olympic Association announced it will not be referring his case to the Court of Arbitration in Sport. The World Number 1 believes he was wrongly overlooked by GB Taekwondo selectors.

But the BOA say that Mr Cook's camp has not presented sufficient new evidence to challenge the selectors to reconsider their decision.

"Aaron Cook is disappointed with the British Olympic Association’s briefing to certain media yesterday of their confidential letter, which they sent to his lawyers at Harbottle & Lewis on Friday evening......The BOA may not agree with Aaron's case, but it has a legal and moral obligation to find an appropriate, fair and transparent resolution for Aaron.....It is beyond belief that the BOA wants the British public to believe that the internationally renowned sports tribunal that deals with urgent disputes regarding the Olympics is not the right court to hear Aaron's urgent case."

– Aaron Cook's team statement