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British taekwondo fighter approved to compete for Moldova

This is a Saturday May 5, 2012 file photo of Britain's Aaron Cook, right, as he aims a kick on his way to controversially beating Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan in the final of the Men's -80kg competition during the European Taekwondo Championships, at the Manchester Regional Arena, Manchester, England. British Olympic officials Thursday April 16, 2015  approved top-ranked taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook’s request to switch nationalities so he can compete for Moldova.  Cook announced last month he had obtained a Moldovan passport and hoped to represent the eastern European country at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He was overlooked for a spot on the British team for the 2012 London Olympics after leaving the national training academy despite being the No. 1 athlete in his 80-kilogram category. (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)

LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook can compete for Moldova in the Olympics and other international competitions after the British Olympic Association approved his request to switch nationalities.

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Brazilian Anderson Silva hopes to compete in 2016 Olympics

In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, Brazil's Anderson Silva, right, throws a punch at Stephan Bonnar of the United States, during their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva will meet with Brazilian taekwondo officials in hopes of competing in next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Silva expressed his desire Monday, April 13, 2015, to represent Brazil in the Olympics. Local taekwondo officials said they like the idea of having the MMA fighter on the team. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Mixed martial arts fighter Anderson Silva will meet with Brazilian taekwondo officials in hopes of competing in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, despite facing a possible doping ban.

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