Wednesday 13th February 2008
Councillor Mike Kane, Manchester City Council’s Executive member for Arts and Leisure, said: “Manchester will be thrilled to welcome this international event to our city in addition to the national championships already planned in September, especially after the success of the national championships at the end of last year .”
“Over the next 12 months there will be many more fantastic opportunities to see world class sport in our world class city, including track cycling, swimming, football, running, paralympic events and squash as part of Manchester World Sport 08.”
Adrian Tranter, Chairman of the British Taekwondo Control Board (BTCB), commented: “It is with great pride that my tenure as Chairman coincides with Britain hosting its first ever international open. Taekwondo in Great Britain has enjoyed an unprecedented period of growth and success in recent years. Our elite Great Britain squad is one of the best in the world so it is fitting that we should be staging an international calibre tournament. The BTCB have worked hard over the past few years to promote Britain’s role within Europe and it is great that we will now be staging this annual tournament which will give all our athletes a chance to pit their skills against the best in the world.”
Other International Opens staged in Europe have often attracted fighters from over 50 countries including Asia, South America and Africa and have proved a vital stepping stone in developing the careers of Britain’s athletes. Great Britain enjoyed considerable success at last year’s German and Dutch Opens winning 12 medals which included four golds. These impressive performances have since been followed up with Britain qualifying three out of a possible four places for this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games.