“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’.
Associated Press | UPDATED JUL 17, 2012 10:18 PM ET
“LONDON (AP) The biggest fight in taekwondo may be finished before the Olympics even begin. Top-ranked British star Aaron Cook is examining his legal options after GB Taekwondo decided to exclude him from the Olympic team in favor of rival Lutalo Muhammad, who is ranked 104th.
“When his 13-year-old son lost a national taekwondo championship match because of a judging error, Jin Song knew he had to do something about it. … ‘That made me mad,’ said Song, an engineer who has practiced the martial art for about 30 years.… Read the rest
“(Reuters) – British Taekwondo selectors kicked back at the national Olympic association on Wednesday by snubbing world number one Aaron Cook for the third time and again nominating his -80kg rival Lutalo Muhammad for London 2012.… Read the rest
“COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Lopez family’s Olympic taekwondo dynasty lives on, though in slightly diminished form this time around. … On a bittersweet night of Olympic trials, siblings Steven and Diana Lopez won their fights to earn a return trip to the games, but their brother, Mark, lost a tight contest in Saturday’s last bout to Terrence Jennings of Alexandria, Va.… Read the rest
“The two-time World Champion (Beijing 2007 and Copenhagen 2009) has not competed since the heavyweights finals held in Denmark who beat and won for second time the Korean Yun-Bae in a big fight. … Dada Modibo Keita participated in three World Cups and in one Olympic Games.… Read the rest
“Martin Stamper boosted his London 2012 selection hopes with a silver medal at taekwondo’s French Open. … Stamper won bronze at the World Championships earlier this year and his featherweight category was chosen by British Taekwondo as one of their guaranteed Olympic weight selections.… Read the rest
“THE small island of Jamaica continues to make great stride in the sporting world, this time in Taekwondo, as Conrad Jenkins was selected as an official for the Pan-Am Games — the first in the country’s history. … Jenkins, who normally coaches the national taekwondo team, has been asked to be a referee in the Junior event set for October 7-9 and the Senior Pan-Am Games Open, starting on October 15…”
“… Taekwondo has grown tremendously in recent times and has been an Olympic sport since 2000.… Read the rest