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GB Taekwondo has today confirmed that the European Taekwondo Championships will be held in Manchester on 3 – 6 May 2012.

This will be the first time that the European Championships have been staged in the UK and with the event being scheduled just weeks before the Olympic Games, it will be the last opportunity for leading teams from across the continent to fine tune their preparations. With the British team for London 2012 being selected soon after the conclusion of the Championships it will also provide the last chance for GB stars such as current European Champions Sarah Stevenson and Aaron Cook to secure their place for London 2012.

The GB team are currently preparing to depart for Korea where they will be competing in the World Championships from 1 – 6 May 2011. GB Taekwondo have named a 10-strong team and will be looking to build upon recent successes at the US and German Opens.

The National Championship will be held at the Manchester Velodrome, June 18-19, 2011.

The televised British Open, featuring some of the world’s leading Taekwondo players, will be staged at Manchester’s Sportcity, October 1-2, 2011.