Mexico is to host the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Finals, the season-ending event in the new annual Grand Prix series, in both 2014 and 2015, the World Taekwondo Federation announced today.
The WTF said Querétaro will stage this year's final in December, with Mexico City playing host one year later.
It is yet more recognition for the Mexican Taekwondo Federation, with the country having hosted the sport's world championships in Puebla last year and Aguascalientes set to stage the World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships this October.
The WTF ruling council also announced that Suzhou in China will host the opening event of the 2014 Grand Prix series in July, with the second and third rounds taking place in Astana in Kazakhstan and Manchester in the UK, respectively, in August and October.
Manchester successfully staged the inaugural Grand Prix last December, which was broadcast in 98 countries.
Suzhou and Manchester will additionally host Grands Prix in 2015, with an as yet unnamed city in Russia hosting the third event, before the final in the Mexican capital.
Qatar is also known to have submitted interest in staging a series event or the final, but was not selected by the WTF Council.
Chungwon Choue, WTF president, said: "We are extremely excited about the World Taekwondo GP events over the next two years. The inaugural World Taekwondo GP in Manchester last year was a great success and served to highlight the passion and enthusiasm that exists amongst fans to see regular Olympic-standard competition between the world’s best athletes.
"Now it is time to build on that success and ensure that we offer athletes and fans the very best possible experience. We have four excellent host cities this year and I have no doubt that their state-of-the art arenas and passionate spectators will provide an electric atmosphere for world-class competition."
Jean-Marie Ayer, WTF secretary general, believes the Grand Prix initiative will help "realise taekwondo’s huge untapped commercial potential."
He told Sportcal late last year that the federation was looking to create a global sponsorship structure for the series, with a title sponsor and presenting sponsor.
Ayer added today: "Now that we have selected the host cities for the future events we want to work closely with them to make sure we maximize the commercial opportunities available."
Earlier this month, Spring Media, the Stockholm-based sports media and marketing agency, signed a new three-year international broadcast rights agreement with the WTF, covering the Grand Prix series, the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia and the 2014 WTF World Junior Championships, which get under way in New Taipei City in Taiwan next week.