It’s official, the countdown is on to the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships at the Manchester Arena!
The 5-day, biennial event will be the first time the UK has held the tournament and it promises to be the biggest yet with over 1,000 athletes from over 150 countries expected to be appearing.
Preparations are well underway and to mark this milestone moment, organisers have released their first look at the Arena’s eye-catching and colourful layout.
During day sessions, the Manchester Arena will stage a whopping seven courts of Taekwondo action at any one time, as athletes go through knock out rounds across the course of a single day.
The mats will feature the event’s lasting message of ‘A time to inspire. A time to thrill’ shown boldly across from electronic digital boards and the all-important match scoring screens.
Once the evening then arrives, action will switch to the ‘show court’ where the lights go down and the atmosphere will intensify as athletes play out their semi-final and final matches.
The competing athletes will have their images flown high next to a large digital display screen showing all the match action.
The WTF Council made the decision to award Manchester the World Championships back in 2016 as it had determined the city to have made the most attractive bid. Manchester managed to fend off competition from Houston, USA to win the staging rights as part of the three-year event package which saw Manchester also host a leg of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series in 2018.
The events are aiming to build the profile of the sport in the UK, following the success of the GB Taekwondo team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and next summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Be part of the action in Manchester this May. Tickets are available to buy now