July 25, 2016 – The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) opened the official bid and host city selection process for its events between 2017 and 2021.
A total of 28 events are open to bidders including the World Taekwondo Championships, the World Taekwondo Grand-Prix Series, the World Taekwondo Grand-Prix Final, the World Taekwondo Team Championships, the World Taekwondo Junior Championships, the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships, the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships, the World Para-taekwondo Championships and the World Taekwondo Beach Poomsae Championships.
WTF President Chungwon Choue said, “For potential hosts, WTF event is a cost-effective platform which creates shared values by facilitating exchanges between organizers, athletes, spectators, media, sponsors and merchandisers. We have already begun establishing a strong foundation on which the WTF and potential hosts can work together to build successful and sustainable WTF events in the future.”
Over the last few months, as President Choue mentioned, the WTF has renewed its bidding process to make it more systematic and sustainable by maximizing communication with potential bidders from the outset. As part of the introduction phase, potential bidders including cities, governments and WTF Member National Associations were invited to the WTF Partnership Workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 28-29. This phase has given potential hosts a better understanding of how they can incorporate hosting WTF events into their own mid-term or long-term strategies.
Opening the official bid and selection process on July 22, 2016, the WTF provided an overview of the federation’s events and clear requirements for hosting the events for potential bidders to help make their decisions. The sample Host City Contract and advanced format of the Bid File were also released to assist potential bidders to prepare their bid.
Potential bidders who wish to host WTF events have to submit their Bid File by October 21, 2016, and will be invited to deliver final presentations at the WTF Council Meeting on November 14, 2016 in Burnaby, Canada. The WTF Council will then select host cities for up to 28 WTF events.
The WTF noted that the federation would continue to have an interactive dialogue and consultation with potential bidders throughout the entire process.
All the relevant documents and information for bidding can be found on the following link.