Taekwondoscotland Statement Regarding Aaron Cook Representing Scotland
Dorset Born Aaron Cooke recently competed in the Chuncheon Open Championships in Korea.
In response to an article published on the BTCB website on Sunday 18 July titled: “More medals for world stars Harvey and Jones” we have made a series of enquiries related to the statement that Aaron Cook represented Scotland. We can confirm that Aaron Cook did compete at the Chuncheon Open last weekend and was registered as a Scottish player. We have sought an explanation from Aaron Cook’s team who have explained to us an administrative error was made by a third party (not related to Team Cook) who had offered to help with the registration process. We have been reassured that Aaron Cook was not aware of the fact that he was registered to compete as a Scottish player until it was too late to make any changes.
The Executive Committee of BTCB (Scotland) confirms that Aaron had no intention to represent Scotland, nor was there intent from him to submit a competition entry as Scotland, without the authorisation of the Scottish Performance Coaching Team or the Scottish Governing Body Executive Committee.
Team Cook’s representatives have made the following comment in a formal response to Scotland’s Taekwondo governing body (BTCB Scotland):
“On behalf of ourselves and Aaron, we apologise for the confusion that this situation has brought. All Aaron has ever wanted to do is train and compete in a sport that he loves and represent his country (GB) at the highest level. As far as Aaron and ourselves are concerned, he was both paying for and representing himself at this competition, as Team Cook, he was not with or part of a Scottish Team nor was he with or part of the GB National Team for this event. We will do everything in our power to make sure this does not happen again and hope that this has clarified the situation”.
We are satisfied that Team Cook’s response is sincere and therefore we will not pursue matters further with Team Cook. We will however launch an inquiry to find out why the third party person, who is from Scotland but not related to BTCB Scotland, registered Aaron Cook as a Scottish player.
We would like to thank Aaron Cook’s team for clarifying matters and we want to wish Aaron all the best on his quest for Olympic gold medals.