The World Taekwondo Council today awarded the 2022 World Taekwondo Championships to Cancun and the 2023 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships to Sarajevo.
The decision was taken in a vote during today’s online extraordinary Council meeting which focused on restarting World Taekwondo Competitions. The Council considered bids from Baku (Azerbaijan), Beirut (Lebanon), and Cancun (Mexico) for the World Championships with representatives from each of the three cities delivering presentations during the meeting. Following the presentation an electronic vote was held and Cancun was awarded the Championships with 52% of the vote.
For the 2023 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships, Queretaro (Mexico) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) presented their candidacies to the Council. Sarajevo was awarded the event with 92% of the vote.
The World Championships had been scheduled to take place in Wuxi, China in April 2022 following the postponement of last year’s Championships due to COVID-19. However, Wuxi withdrew from hosting the event this year due to the ongoing pandemic and to protect the health and wellbeing of all athletes, officials and organizers.
On April 21-24, World Taekwondo will also host the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Goyang, Korea. During the pandemic over the last two years, World Taekwondo has hosted the online Poomsae challenge series which has allowed grassroots athletes all over the world to engage in the sport.