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Sport Taekwondo UK have today announced that they have submitted a bid to the European Taekwondo Federation (ETF) to host the 2012 European Taekwondo Championships. The event would be staged in Manchester, home of the annual British International Open, and is scheduled to be the final major international taekwondo event before the Olympic Games in London.

The bid has been developed by Sport Taekwondo UK and the British Taekwondo Control Board with the support of Manchester City Council and will be presented to the ETF at an Executive Committee meeting in Athens later this month.
Jeremy Beard, Chairman of Sport Taekwondo UK said: “We are excited by the opportunity to bid for such a prestigious event and the chance to host this just ahead of Olympic Games in 2012. As such there has never been a better opportunity to boost the profile and popularity of Taekwondo in Europe and we believe that we can work closely with the ETU and the City of Manchester to provide a fantastic showcase for the sport. The continued growth and success of the British International Open demonstrates our ability to deliver world class Taekwondo events and I am confident that our bid will be well received when presented to the ETU in Athens.”
Gary Hall, Sport Taekwondo UK’s Performance Director said: “The Senior Europeans in 2012 will be the final major event for British athletes before London 2012 and will therefore provide a valuable opportunity to compete in a major championship on home soil, before the Games. It will also be a great chance for British fans to see some of the best taekwondo athletes in the World compete for European glory.”
British Taekwondo Control Board Chairman, Adrian Tranter said: “In the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we aim to give every European nation not only a memorable European Championships but also the opportunity to prepare themselves well, ahead of the Games. To be able to do so in a superb venue, managed by Sport Taekwondo UK’s excellent events team, all within easy travelling distance and with so many top class hotels in Manchester, everything is there to make it a huge success and for us to deliver the best European Championships ever.
“The Championships are also hugely important in supporting the continued growth of the sport across the UK and I hope that the entire Taekwondo family will be excited at the prospect of being involved in such an important event.”
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: “As the home of British Taekwondo, Manchester is working closely with Sport Taekwondo UK and the European Championships is another great opportunity for the City. The event gives Manchester residents the prospect of watching this exciting Olympic Sport on the doorstep and represents a key milestone in the preparations of the British team, with a chance of some top-class competition on home soil in the lead up to 2012.”