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Taekwondo exponent Aaron Cook has spoken about his non-selection for the Olympics, which he says has left him ‘numb'. Cook, world number one in the under-80kg division, has been omitted from London 2012 in favour of Lutalo Muhammad.

The decision has created controversy, Cook claiming his omission is due to him pursuing his own training schedule.

"My results are vastly superior to Lutalo's. The quality of players I have faced is far higher and I have won nine of my last 12 tournaments," wrote Cook in Today's Telegraph.

"I have recently defeated 10 of the top 15 qualified 2012 Olympians and world medallists including five-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez and the current under-87kg world champion Yousef Karami and the under-80kg world champion Farzad Abdollahi," Cook explained.

He said that GB Taekwondo also questioned his ability to perform under pressure and how he might perform in front of a home crowd.

Cook goes on to cite his decision to take himself out of the GB Taekwondo system as the reason for his non-selection, a decision he says he does not regret as it has lead to him becoming a better fighter. 

Barring any intervention from the World Taekwondo Federation, it appears taking his case to the courts is Cook's last hope of participating at London 2012.

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World number one Aaron Cook speaks out over non-selection by British Taekwondo for Olympics
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