Aaron Cook and British taekwondo

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  1. Markku P

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    This is just ridiculous!

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    Taken from The Times :

    "Aaron Cook, the European champion from Dorset who left the British taekwondo system last year, has found that the organisation he turned his back on has attempted to block his defection to the Isle of Man. Cook had intended to compete at the German Open in Hamburg this weekend.

    However, he was informed in January that the British federation had alerted the German organisers to articles in the international rulebook that prevented him from doing so. The organisers in Hamburg said that he was therefore ineligible to compete.

    In the fallout from the dispute, the British federation suggested to the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), the sport’s global body, that one solution would be if the WTF stripped the Isle of Man Taekwondo Association (IOMTA) of its official status.

    However, the WTF concluded on Tuesday that Cook is eligible to compete for the Isle of Man. He will now compete next week in the Dutch Open."
     
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    Politics like that ruin Taekwondo's reputation.

    I guess British Taekwondo is afraid of Cook still being successful on an internatonal level and then claiming his place in Team GB for the 2016 Olympic Games. While the Isle of Man is a direct member of the ETU/WTF, they're not a member of the IOC and Isle Of Man athletes can participate in the Olympics as part of Team GB.

    http://www.teamgb.com/faq
     
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    Aaron is such a nice kid! This is horrible for TKD! To bad!
     
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    I think he can still compete as member of the Isle of Man national team in World championship- and European championship games.
     
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    TAKEN FROM THE TIMES NEWSPAPER:

    Aaron Cook, the European champion from Dorset who left the British taekwondo system last year, has found that the organisation he turned his back on has attempted to block his defection to the Isle of Man.
    Cook had intended to compete at the German Open in Hamburg this weekend.
    However, he was informed in January that the British federation had alerted the German organisers to articles in the international rulebook that prevented him from doing so. The organisers in Hamburg said that he was therefore ineligible to compete.
     
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    Unless GB is successful at blocking him!
     
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    "GB Taekwondo has always insisted that there was no personal vendetta involved." ( who believe this? )
     
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    They will try :(
     
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    Yeah, indeed. That's what I'm saying, imagine him becoming European and/or world champion and being #1 in WTF's word ranking on his way to the Olympics 2016. If he's more successful than any British player the reputation of Team GB would get even worse if they'd deny him again. So they try to stop him right now in order to avoid problems when it comes to the Olympic Qualification and the Olympic Games.
     
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    It hurts sport and they don't seem to care! He should fight for the USA...he is training in Virginia already with Remarck....With the changes at USA TKD. He "MIGHT get a fair shake!Under the current climate he will never complete for GB!
     
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    If he really wants to get under their skin, he just needs to compete for australia :) The rivalry between Australia and England would ensure some fireworks.
     
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    ThAt wool be fun!
     
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    For the uninitiated, what is the beef between Aaron Cook and the British team?
     
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    They wouldn't let him be ON it for the last Olympics.
     
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    Well, he was only the number one seeded person in the world, IIRC, so why would they?

    Heh.

    Pax,

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    I was only commenting on "What's the beef", not on the quality of the beef. :)123
     

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