Taekwondo athlete succeeds in Olympic bid

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A taekwondo athlete who opened an escort agency to fund his campaign to compete at the London Olympics has succeeded in winning a place on New Zealand's games team.

Logan Campbell opened what he called "a high-class" agency in Auckland in 2009 to help raise the $250,000 he believed he needed to compete internationally to qualify for London 2012.

He sold the agency a year later after the fundraising move was criticized by Taekwondo New Zealand and the national Olympic committee.

Campbell said "at the time taekwondo wasn't getting any funding at all. When the media got involved, (sponsors) started funding taekwondo and I didn't need the escort agency anymore."

Campbell will compete in the under-60 kilogram class.