By Daniel Etchells

Chungwon Choue (left), President of the WTF, has announced the four host cities for the 2015 Grand Prix Series in his New Year's message ©WTFDoha and Moscow are set to host events in the 2015 World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Grand Prix series, it has been revealed. 

Chungwon Choue, President of the WTF, made the announcement in a message released to celebrate the New Year. 

Russian capital Moscow is due to stage the first Grand Prix of the year between August 14 and 16, before the Series continues in Doha on a date in September yet to be confirmed. 

Manchester, a two-time Grand Prix host, maintains its place on the calendar and is due to host the event between October 15 and 17.

The Grand Prix final and the second WTF Gala Awards Dinner is scheduled to held in Mexico City from December 5 to 6.

Suzhou, China, host of first Grand Prix last year, was originally scheduled to feature as part of the quartet but has been replaced by Doha.

Men will compete in the under 58 kilogram, under 68kg, under 80kg and over 80kg categories at the four events, while women will compete in the under 49kg, under 57kg, under 67kg and over 67kg classes. 

The WTF Grand Prix Series aims to promote taekwondo across the globe and inspire a new generation of young athletes.

The inaugural Grand Prix event was held in Manchester in December 2013, followed by the 2014 events in Suzhou in July, Astana, Kazakhstan, in August, Manchester in October and the final in Querétaro, Mexico, in December.

The 2014 Grand Prix Series final was held in Querétaro, Mexico and is set to take place in Mexico City this year ©WTFThe 2014 Grand Prix Series final was held in Querétaro, Mexico and is set to take place in Mexico City this year ©WTF

"The year 2014 has been a great year for the WTF for good reasons and the year ahead of us is shaping up to be an exciting one," said Choue.

"In 2014, we continued to work to grant our athletes more and better opportunities.

"Our World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series - giving athletes new fora in which to compete at the highest level, and even win a little prize money - matured."

Another highlight of the 2015 calendar is the World Taekwondo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in May which will use octagonal rings and the electronic headgear introduced at the Manchester Grand Prix last year.

Speaking in his New Year's message, Choue claims taekwondo has become one of the world's top participation sports thanks to "colossal efforts over decades".

He added: "Now, it is time to build upon that foundation and make it one of the world's top spectator sports.

"This means making our events more media-friendly and upgrading marketing and promotion to lure the crowds.

"And this means giving our elite athletes the exposure they deserve, by helping them become taekwondo stars."

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