Call me an idiot, not really into taekwondo, but someone who is a world champion and has trained themself/elsewhere is not being allowed to compete in the olympics for GB?
I really don't know much about olympic selection, heard a few stories before regarding amateur boxing, boxers not getting picked because their style not suited to amateurs/olympic boxing even though they had beaten boxers who did get selected... (based on what I've heard - not recently though and again i don't know all the ins and outs... )
However, i am really perplexed as to someone who is the world number 1 in their chosen sport - that being taekwondo - not getting to go to the olympics... - this seems very clear to me that the wrong person is going.
Doesn't add up?
It basically sounds like because he didn't train with the GB squad he aint going to represent GB...is this compulsory - in all seriousness? not trying to sound sarcastic..
So if for example as another someone from another olympic sport trained by themselves/or with someone else
apart from the olympic team it seems like it is frowned upon ???
Also this seems stupid also, with the runners it's a simple case of whoever runs fastest gets the slots respectively... that seems fair...
So why not the same with taekwondo selection - the guy is at the top of his game??
I don't know the guy and haven't followed him just genuinely don't know how this selection malarky works.
Can't someone intervene and force Team GB to take him purely based on merit?
Thanks in advance for any replies.