Aaron Cook, gives up fight for Olympics
Aaron Cook has given up on a legal challenges to try and overturn his omission from the British team for the London Olympics.
“After careful consideration over the last few weeks, and despite my representatives advising me that I still had a good chance of successfully overturning the BOA’s ratification of Great Britain Taekwondo’s decision not to select me for London 2012, I have decided not to take my case against the BOA to the High Court,” Cook said.
“The financial implications for me, and, more importantly, for my parents, of doing so are too prohibitive. In the best interests of Team GB, I have decided not to take up the offer to be first reserve for London 2012,” added the statement from the -80kg European champion and world number one in the category.
“I am really disappointed that the BOA did not agree to my case being heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It is the specialist forum for sports-related matters.”
“The High Court is significantly more expensive, time-consuming and does not have the experience or expertise in dealing with sports-related disputes.”
Cook confirmed the World Taekwondo Federation are conducting an investigation into the selection process although their findings will not be available before the Olympics.
“I welcome this investigation but I am hugely disappointed that the WTF have now indicated that they will not finalise the review and findings in time for London 2012,’ he said.
“This is particularly disappointing as the BOA had reserved the right to reconsider its decision to ratify Great Britain Taekwondo’s nomination in light of the WTF’s findings. I do hope that the WTF will consider after the Games a new automatic selection criteria for the top 10 athletes in the world rankings in each weight category for future Olympics and World Championships.
“I also hope that UK Sport and the BOA act to resolve the long-term issues that have been revealed by my case. The Olympics, and especially a home Olympics, would have been the pinnacle of my career. I feel totally devastated.’ Cook added.[:]