International Taekwondo Championships to be held in Liverpool
The International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) England has announced that ACC Liverpool has been successfully selected as the host venue for the European International Taekwondo Federation (EITF) Championships in 2017.
A total of 1500 athletes from 37 European countries will attend the four-day tournament, along with additional coaching staff and supporters.
The event is the culmination of a one year consultation with Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool, as both played an influential part in the selection process.
The city of Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson and the Chamber of Commerce also supported the bid.
Mayor Anderson said: “It’s a real coup for Liverpool to be the host city for this prestigious event which will see the world’s best Taekwondo athletes battle it out in what is guaranteed to be a thrilling competition.
“We’re no strangers to successfully staging high-profile sporting events and we look forward to giving the competitors from across Europe a very warm Liverpool welcome.”
This prestigious event will be a springboard for developing Taekwondo in Liverpool, particularly among local schools. It is anticipated that these championships will leave a lasting Taekwondo legacy for the city.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, said: “Our facilities at ACC Liverpool enable us to host sporting events of this nature and we are confident that the International Taekwondo Champions will be a great success. We welcome the opportunity to help progress this developing sport in the city.”