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Six To Follow: Damon Sansum Is Kicking And Screaming As He Fights For Olympic Place

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DAMON Sansum was little more than an interested observer the last time British taekwondo went into meltdown over the selection process for the Olympic Games.

Three-and-a-half years ago, he was still in the process of finding his feet in the sport after making the switch from kickboxing. By his own admission, he did not have the results or the experience to merit the place on offer as Great Britain’s sole representative in the men’s -80kg class at London 2012.

Likewise, he didn’t have a clue what was about to unfold when Lutalo Muhammad was picked by the British Taekwondo Control Board ahead of the world number one, Aaron Cook, during a three-hour meeting that duly turned into a three-act play.

Cook appealed, claiming the act was a hostile response to him leaving the national programme to train on his own. The British Olympic Association forced GB Taekwondo to revisit the decision twice. The World Taekwondo Federation accused them of a lack of transparency and bringing the sport into disrepute.

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