British Fencing insist Keith Cook not selected for Olympics on performance grounds
Tuesday 19 June 2012
British Fencing maintain Keith Cook was not selected for the Olympics on performance grounds.
Scotsman Cook is refusing to give up on his Olympic dream after British Fencing rejected his appeal against exclusion from the London 2012 squad and has taken legal advice.
Cook, the 2010 British champion and five-time Commonwealth Games medallist, was not named in the 10-strong group, with eight of the team chosen on a discretionary basis under the Host Nation places rules after only two fencers qualified directly.
The 31-year-old, who opted out of British Fencing's 'Olympic Pathway' two years ago for family reasons, was told in correspondence from British Fencing officials - copies of which have been seen by Press Association Sport - that while he was included in general discussions for selection, because performance manager Alex Newton had not been given his contact details as set out in Section 13 of the selection policy document, he was not informed that he had not been selected and the deadline for any appeal had passed.
Cook, ranked 95th in the world and still in the British top six having battled against recent injury, has been left "utterly sickened" by the saga, and believes proper procedure was not followed.
However, British Fencing have always maintained their selection process is transparent, with several fencers having seen their appeals against non-selection already rejected.
A statement from British Fencing to Press Association Sport read: "For the unique 2012 Host Nation places, British Fencing has followed a robust selection process, agreed (after athlete agreement) with the BOA some 18 months ago.
"Keith Cook was not nominated to the BOA for selection for Team GB by the Olympic Selection Panel - an independent Panel, established by British Fencing as part of the selection process - because Keith did not qualify, he did not meet standards and performance requirements for selection to the Men's Foil squad. Several other athletes were placed above him.
"Whilst 25 other athletes participated in the selection process, Keith did not. Regardless of his oversight, he was considered for selection by the selection panel.
"British Fencing has followed the selection process professionally and fairly.
"Five appeals have now been heard by the Sports Resolution UK panel and all have been rejected.
"We do understand Keith Cook's disappointment. We have attempted to speak to Keith to talk through the process with him and his concerns, but he has declined.
"Mr. Cook has always been an excellent ambassador for the sport of fencing and we very much hope he continues to be in the future.
"Despite this unfortunate situation we will still continue to support him should he want us to."
Britain's top fencer Richard Kruse, who qualified directed for the London Games, delivered a bronze medal at the European Championships in Italy this weekend. Jim van Wijk
Manny Pacquiao secures $12.5m mansion by giving seller four tickets to 2 May fight with Floyd Mayweather
Dan Hardy column: Is the hype around UFC sensation Conor McGregor justified?
Malaysia Grand Prix 2015: Nico Rosberg refuses to back down on blocking claims after Lewis Hamilton's lightning start to season
WWE WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of event
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew