(ATR) The opening ceremony officially kicked off the World Taekwondo Championships at the Manchester Arena on Tuesday.
Performance by the World Taekwondo demonstration team (ATR)
The ceremony began with a poem by David Scott entitled “Our City”, highlighting the tenacity and drive that the city of Manchester possesses, especially through times of adversity.
The opening ceremony reflected World Taekwondo’s message of unity - “Peace is more precious than triumph.”
WT President Chungwon Choue spoke during the ceremony, along with British Taekwondo President Sarah Stevenson, GB Taekwondo Chair Julia Newton and Manchester Deputy Lord Mayor Abid Latif Chohan.
Guests of honor included the sports minister for the UK Mims Davies and International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer.
The World Taekwondo demonstration team performed as part of the ceremony.
About 975 athletes registered for the world championships, and with Tokyo 2020 just around the corner athletes have plenty of incentive to do well.
Athletes will not only compete for world titles during the championships but also work towards their Olympic goals by earning Olympic qualification points. This year marks the 25th anniversary of taekwondo being included in the Olympic program.
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Written by Greer Wilson in Manchester.
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