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Hunt feels sorry for Cook and Muhammad
British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt has expressed his sympathy for taekwondo athletes Aaron Cook and Lutalo Muhammad caught up in a drawn-out selection row.
World number one Cook has been overlooked three times in favour of Muhammad to compete in the under-80kg division at this summer's Olympics. The BOA and World Taekwondo Federation are both currently reviewing the selection process, but Cook has already instructed lawyers to explore his legal options.
"I feel sorry for both of these taekwondo athletes who are both subject to a question mark now. They are both world-class athletes and need to be respected as that," said Hunt.
"The level of interest in the matter is unusual, but getting a spot in the home team at a home Games is a special thing to happen.
"I am not surprised there is undue focus and attention around the selection process that takes place.
"Lots of athletes - when they find themselves in this position - turn to external legal advice and that is probably a sensible thing to do because everyone needs to understand their position.
"Clearly it is not ideal if there is a legal debate and battle going on.
"That isn't the case right now. Let's wait until we have the outcome of the process over the next few days."
The BOA's Olympic Qualification Standards panel held a teleconference with members of the BOA board on Friday morning and are now consulting with the WTF before the OQS panel reconvenes to consider their verdict.