Sports minister Hugh Robertson has described the Olympic taekwondo row as "embarrassing".
He insisted he could take action if the bust-up concerning the non-selection of world number one Aaron Cook in the -80kg category was not resolved soon.
Cook has been overlooked for the London 2012 Olympic Games for the third time by the same selection panel, despite a last-minute plea by the 21 year-old for them to consider his superior performances against international rivals and his dominant world ranking.
Lutalo Muhammad, ranked 59th in the world, has been selected for the British team instead and the row has now gone to the highest echelons of the sport with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) conducting a review of the selection process while the British Olympic Association Olympic Qualification Standards panel will consult with the WTF and the BOA Board of Directors tomorrow before making its final decision.
The row has put British taekwondo in a farcical light and Robertson is eager to draw a line under the sorry saga.
He said: "My line in this is a very simple one. I want us to win as many gold medals as possible at London 2012.
"My concern is to ensure that we select the very best possible team which gives us the best chance of winning medals and particularly gold medals.
"I do not have a formal role in selecting which athletes form part of GB.
"Is it embarrassing for us? The answer to that is yes because you would rather not see our sports getting criticised by their international federations.
"That said it is probably inevitable before a home Olympics. Almost all the Olympic sports are expecting more appeals over selection than they have had at any previous Olympics and that is because so many athletes want to compete at a home Olympic Games.
"Yes, it is a bit embarrassing but it is not a surprise. I sort of thought this would happen if I'm honest."
The row has its heart in the fact that Cook has been training outside of the official GB Taekwondo programme.
Robertson, meanwhile, has received a copy of a letter Cook sent to BOA chairman Lord Moynihan, and the minister insisted it was time a line was drawn under the affair.
He admitted he was unable to influence the matter directly but he can clearly bring pressure to bear.
Robertson said: "Sports ministers don't select teams and on the few occasions politicians have tried to influence the selection of teams normally a disaster follows.
"It is not for me to tell either British taekwondo or the British Olympic Association who they select or which individual athletes they select for GB.
"If I were to step into this process I set a very dangerous precedent because at that point everybody else who has a similar gripe, and we are expecting a record number of these, will come automatically to me.
"It does break the politicians shouldn't interfere in selection rule and I am setting myself up for an awful lot of trouble but if this one ran on for a long time clearly I will talk to the British Olympic Association about it, of course I will.
"I talk to them anyway and I am seeing the chief executive this afternoon, but I suspect he will say to me we are engaged in a process and will let you know as soon as we have an outcome."
Robertson was speaking at the Ladbrokes Sports Journalists Association lunch in London and he also revealed he hoped to visit Ukraine to watch England at Euro 2012.
He admitted he had monitored the racism fears highlighted by the BBC's Panorama programme.
Robertson said: "I hope to go. It's an easy decision for me because I am there to support British teams and British sport. Given the economic backdrop it is unlikely I'm going to make it during the qualifying stage.
"I saw it (Panorama) and it is horrifying, but part of the reason in taking sports events to parts of society less traditional, edgier parts of the world that haven't had them before, is precisely to shine a light on these sorts of things.
"The expose wouldn't have happened without the Panorama programme and that wouldn't have happened without the European championship going there."