The 2020 U.S. Open Championships will be held in Orlando, Florida in 2020, at the spectacular ESPN Wide World of Sports venue from February 27 to March 1 next year.
Designated as a Major Tournament for all age categories for the first time in 2020, the most famous Open on the World Taekwondo calendar takes on even more significance than ever, with a ferocious fight for Academy places and qualification for the National Team Roster along with those all-important world and domestic ranking points up for grabs.
Events Director Jeanna Salgado said: “It’s been some time since we have been in Florida, and it’s by far the most requested venue for us to bring the US Open too outside of Las Vegas, so we’re delighted to be able to be able to make it happen. The new venue is absolutely stunning and perfect for such a prestigious tournament. With everything on the line we think this is going to be the best U.S. Open ever!”
Additionally, for the first time ever USATKD and World Taekwondo Europe are joining forces in their ambition to further develop their youth athletes at elite level. With this new cooperation between USATKD and Taekwondo Europe, the US Open 2020 will also be added as the first non-European G-ranked event to the list of ranking events where European Cadets and Juniors will gain ranking points, alongside U.S. athletes.
USA Taekwondo CEO Steve McNally said: “We are excited to see the introduction of junior and cadet rankings within World Taekwondo Europe and think supporting innovation around the world is important for our sport to continue to grow. For U.S. Juniors and Cadet, it will provide an invaluable opportunity to compete against more of the best talent the world has to offer on their home turf and gain vital tough competition experience at an early age.
“With US Open 2020 being held in one of the most famous places on the planet – Walt Disney World, Florida – this partnership provides the perfect opportunity for the up and coming athletes of Europe to visit the U.S., enhance their own continental ranking and combine it with a visit to the happiest place on Earth! We look forward to welcoming WTE to Florida in late February 2020, for what promises to be the most hotly contested open in world”.
World Taekwondo Europe President Sakis Pragalos said: “I am very excited that also outside Europe event organizers see the benefit of the introduction of the ranking lists for Cadets and Juniors. I am convinced that we are on the right track for the future”.