Taekwondo: Muhammad refuses to be kicked in teeth

 

By ALAN HUBBARD | The Independent | Sunday 05 August 2012

“By this time next weekend Lutalo Muhammad will either be vindicated or vilified. He is the young man whose shock selection for the GB taekwondo team caused uproar and outrage, leaving the rebellious world No 1 lightweight Aaron Cook claiming he had been kicked in the teeth harder than he had ever been by any opponent in the sport they call ‘the way of the fist and the foot’.

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Taekwondo: Lutalo Muhammad eyeing glory after selection row

‘The focus will always be a gold medal,’ says Lutalo Muhammad

By Trevor Baxter | Manchester Evening News | August 01, 2012

“Lutalo Muhammad is ready to win the hearts and minds of a nation when he goes into battle for a taekwondo gold medal. … The Manchester-based martial arts expert was controversially chosen ahead of ‘People’s Champion’ Aaron Cook to compete in the -80kg weight division … A sustained media campaign in favour of Gorton-based Cook threatened to ruin the greatest moment in Muhammad’s   career and the unassuming 21-year-old became a figure of hate for social networking trolls.… Read the rest

Sarah Stevenson: All talk is back to Taekwondo after selection controversy

Sarah Stevenson

 | guardian.co.uk

“These are strange, occasionally surreal times in British taekwondo. Normally we beaver away unnoticed in our big concrete shed in Manchester, but the controversy over Lutalo Muhammad getting selected for the Olympics ahead of Aaron Cook and the ensuing hoopla means we’ve been the focus of a lot of unprecedented media attention.… Read the rest

Hall Discusses Olympic Selection

16th June 2012

“Following the decision of the British Olympic Association last week (June 8) to ratify Lutalo Muhammad’s London Team GB nomination, GB Performance Director, Gary Hall, feels the time is right to clarify some of the misinformed comments and criticism levelled at the sport’s governing body.… Read the rest

Face-off fine with Lutalo Muhammad happy to fight Cook to decide Olympics spot

Lutalo Muhammad: Happy to have a 'face-off' with Cook

By skySPORTS London 2012

“Lutalo Muhammad says he would happily face Aaron Cook to decide who gets a spot in Great Britain’s Olympic taekwondo team.…”

“… Cook is expected to announce this week whether he will launch a legal challenge to his omission from the team after Muhammad’s nomination was finally ratified by the British Olympic Committee.… Read the rest

London 2012 – Stamper: Taekwondo the loser in selection row

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“Martin Stamper believes taekwondo is the only loser from the ongoing Olympic selection row that threatens to overshadow London 2012 preparations. …”

“… Lightweight Stamper had his place on the team confirmed this week but the British Olympic Association refused to rubber-stamp Lutalo Muhammad’s controversial selection ahead of world number one and two-time European welterweight champion Aaron Cook.… Read the rest