Aaron Cook Gave Victory to His New National Team

As speculated before on October 2012, the Dorchester athlete no longer represents Great Britain. He currently fights for the Isle of Man, National Federation and WTF member since 2006.




is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland within the British Isles. The Isle of Man was recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation in 2006, therefore participates in official championships as an independent nation, with the exception of the Olympics, because if an athlete from the Isle of Man want to take part in the Championships Olympic Qualifier or

Olympic Games, must do so through the British Olympic Association.


This weekend Cook won the title in the Trelleborg Open 2013 after beating four rounds in the -80 kg division. During quarter-finals he beat Britain national team representative, Andrew Deer.

The Dorchester-born athlete had said last year that he had no future under the current regime of British Taekwondo and accused its chairman, Adrian Tranter, Manager Gary Hall and coach Steven Jennings of running a



“I want to win gold in Rio de Janeiro and I would love to do it for Britain, but as things stand right now with these people within the Federation, there is simply no way I can work.” He continued stating categorically, “In the worst

case I will have to find another country. If that’s the only way to get gold in Rio de Janeiro, then that’s what I’ll have to do. ”


During 2012 for many months he occupied the number one in World Ranking. He has carried out his threat and now represents another nation who already gave the first joy of 2013, but the question is, Does it makes sense that when

it comes to the Olympic Qualifiers he must compete through the UK with the risk of having the same problems that left him out of London 2012?




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