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WTF announces host cities for GP series

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has announced the host cities for the eight World Taekwondo GP series events and two World Taekwondo GP finals in 2014 and 2015.

Suzhou in China will host the first GP event of 2014 in July, with the second event due to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan in August. The series will move on to Manchester, UK in October before Querétaro, Mexico hosts the final in December.

In addition, the WTF Council also announced that Suzhou and Manchester, as well as Russia, will host events in the 2015 series. The 2015 final is scheduled to take place in Mexico City, Mexico.

WTF president Chungwon Choue said that the multi-city approach would help to increase interest in the competition following the inaugural World Taekwondo GP series in Manchester last year.

“We have four excellent host cities this year and I have no doubt that their state-of-the art arenas and passionate spectators will provide an electric atmosphere for world-class competition,” Choue said.

Jean-Marie Ayer, secretary general of the WTF, added: “The inaugural event in Manchester showed the potential that exists in taekwondo. Now that we have selected the host cities for the future events we want to work closely with them to make sure we maximise the commercial opportunities available.”