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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