The English city of Manchester will stage the World Taekwondo Championships in 2019 after the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) assigned hosting rights to a number of its leading events.
Manchester saw off competition from the US city of Houston to host the 2019 World Championships. The city was selected during a WTF Council meeting in Burnaby ahead of the Canadian city’s staging of the World Junior Championships, which commence tomorrow (Wednesday).
The event will take place at the city’s Manchester Arena and will mark the first-ever World Championships to be held in the UK. Chelyabinsk in Russia staged the most recent edition of the biennial World Championships in 2015. Muju, South Korea will host next year’s competition.
Manchester Arena will also stage a World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series event in 2018, while London’s Copper Box Arena has been awarded hosting rights to a 2017 Grand Prix Series event.
Meanwhile, the WTF has assigned hosting rights to six other events over the next four years.
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire will stage the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final and World Team Championships in 2017, while Sydney in Australia will become the first Oceania destination to stage any global WTF event in 2019 when it hosts the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships.
Chiba, Japan will host the 2019 World Grand Prix Series in the same city where taekwondo events are scheduled to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Russian capital of Moscow has been assigned the 2018 World Grand Prix Series, as well as the 2019 World Grand Prix Final and the 2019 World Team Championships.
Velje in Denmark was also chosen as the host of the 2020 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.
The WTF attributed the selections to its newly-launched bidding process, which has been designed to increase dialogue and collaboration with prospective hosts throughout the bidding and selection process.
“Today’s historic selections of so many world-class host cities demonstrate how strong the future of taekwondo is,” WTF president Chungwon Choue said. “I am delighted that we successfully established this new bidding process, which has dramatically improved our communication and collaboration with potential hosts. Today we have seen the benefits of this new process as we have seven iconic cities which I am sure will stage fantastic events.”