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Britain Looking To End Host Nation Hoodoo As World Taekwondo Federation Grand Prix Series Returns Home

Jade Gomez Manchester 14 web

Britain will look to end a recent host nation curse when the latest leg of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Grand Prix series gets underway here tomorrow, with Manchester also looking to enhance its status as a benchmark for hosting major events in the sport.

The northern English city, best known in a sporting sense for its football clubs Manchester City and Manchester United, played host to the first ever WTF Grand Prix here in 2013, with many of the formats pioneered then – including the choice of music used between bouts – being replicated at various other major events.

Action will take place at the Manchester Regional Arena, opposite the Etihad Stadium-home to Manchester City and home to the increasingly successful British team.

But after no fighters from Russia won gold at May’s World Championships in Chelyabinsk, and Turkey drew a golden blank at last month’s Grand Prix in Samsun, the British will be looking to overcome a host nation hoodoo to reach the top of the podium.

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