6/08/2012 7:39am, #1
World #1 not selected for British TKD team
It seems that the world number one at 80kg wasn't selected for the British TKD team, being passed over for some guy who isn't even in the top 100.
I haven't seen it stated in any of of the news reports, but reading about in comment sections it seems that it's because the selection panel just don't like him - his stats are much better than the other guy no matter which way you look at it.
He had been training with the official team for a while, but wasn't doing great as their training methods weren't working for him. He decided to strike out on his own, got sponsorship and started training with his dad. Success soon flowed, making his former instructors look bad, and now they're getting back at him.
At least that's the story his supporters are telling in the comments sections. Does anyone know more about this?
Another thing that struck me as unacceptable is that apparently after he appealed the decision, the appeals panel were the same people that initially rejected him. How the hell can they get away with that? Would it happen in any of the other sports?
6/08/2012 7:44am, #2
Wow, if that's true its pretty bad.
6/08/2012 7:48am, #3
6/08/2012 7:49am, #4
The British Olympic Council, the Minister for Sport, and the World Taekwondo Federation (among others) are all asking questions, so I think he could get on yet.
I'm not sure if the time for his appeal is over yet, but he only had 24 hours notice for it.
6/08/2012 7:53am, #5
On paper he looks like an extremely strong chance for a gold medal, bitches love gold medals, and they make a huge difference to their funding. They're all going to have to take a massive pay cut when the other guy wipes out.
6/08/2012 8:35am, #6
Read this article from the Beeb - it's hilarious.
Originally Posted by GB performance director Gary HallOriginally Posted by Gary HallOriginally Posted by Dr Steve Peters, a non-executive director for GB Taekwondo
We all agreed that if world ranking and success in tournaments were the only selection criteria, then Aaron would be selected as he's an outstanding athlete who could get gold at the Olympics.
6/08/2012 8:39am, #7
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6/08/2012 8:48am, #8British officials had argued Muhammad was a better choice because he's slightly taller than Cook and therefore more capable of landing head kicks, which score the most points in taekwondo. Remarck dismissed the argument. He said Cook consistently attacks with head kicks and has beaten the best fighters in the world with his strategy.
That's a damn stupid reason for a choice.
He might land more higher point head kicks.
6/08/2012 8:53am, #9
One guy has a slight physical advantage that could potentially be used to score more head-shots, another guy has a far superior track record of winning high level competitions. Such a tough choice.
6/08/2012 8:56am, #10