The Moreton Bay region in Queensland, Australia, is set to host three international Taekwondo events in July.
The Moreton Bay region in Queensland, Australia, is set to host three international Taekwondo events in July, marking the return of international competitions to the country after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The events, namely the Oceania Open Poomsae Championships, the World Taekwondo President's Cup (Oceania), and the Australian Open will be held at the Morayfield Sport and Events Centre from July 7 to 9.
Athletes from 212 Member National Associations of World Taekwondo are invited to participate in the events, which will offer world ranking points to each competitor. The event disciplines include Kyorugi (Sparring), Para-Kyorugi (Sparring), and Poomsae (Patterns), with black belts aged 12 to 60+ years eligible to compete.
“The events are expected to generate an estimated $1.3 million of additional spend, boosting the local businesses.”
John Kotsifas, the President of the Oceania Taekwondo Union, expressed his satisfaction with the return of international events to Australia, adding that the competitions would be held annually. He believes that hosting these events in Australia is essential for the development of Oceania athletes, and it will bring the world's best Taekwondo athletes, including Para athletes, to the country.
The Australian Taekwondo's Chief Executive Officer, Heather Garriock, praised the Moreton Bay Council's generous support in bringing international Taekwondo events to the region, highlighting the economic and sporting opportunities that it would offer. The events are expected to generate an estimated $1.3 million of additional spend, boosting the local businesses.
Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery expressed his excitement about partnering with Australian Taekwondo to showcase Moreton Bay internationally. He added that the events were secured through Council's major event sponsorship program and would significantly contribute to the region's economic growth.
The World Taekwondo President's Cup (Oceania) and the Australian Open will be mandatory events for Australian Taekwondo Kyorugi athletes vying for the country's 2024 Olympic Team. With the Paris Olympics on the horizon, these events will give Oceania athletes the experience they require against some of the world's top athletes as they prepare for Olympic selection.
The events coincide with selecting a national team for the upcoming Cadet World Championships (Kyorugi) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August.
Spectator tickets are on sale now from the Australian Taekwondo website austkd.com.au.