British Taekwondo, the sport's governing body in the UK, has finalised an agreement with the BBC, the country's public-service broadcaster, for live coverage of next month's inaugural WTF World Grand Prix event in Manchester, a deal first revealed by Sportcal in September.
The BBC will show action from the December 13 to 15 event via its interactive red button service and on the BBC Sport website.
The WTF Grand Prix event will feature the top 35 ranked athletes in each of the four Olympic taekwondo weight categories for both men and women.
Steve Flynn, director of GB Taekwondo, which deals with the country's elite taekwondo athletes, said: “With just four weeks to go until the competition kicks off, the world’s best athletes are entering the final phase of intensive training and preparation in readiness for Manchester. We’re very excited about the new Grand Prix series and it’s a real boost to see the significance of the event recognised by the BBC. It’s fantastic exposure for taekwondo, a sport that had such a huge impact at London 2012.”
Taekwondo proved a major success story for Great Britain during the London 2012 Olympics with Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad winning gold and bronze medals, respectively, and British Taekwondo was keen to capitalise on the increased interest in the sport with free-to-air television coverage.