Host city ready for the 2024 Pan American Cadet and Junior Taekwondo Championships © PATU

As Querétaro gears up to welcome the best young taekwondo talents, the Arteaga Gymnasium will be the epicentre of the 2024 Pan American Cadet and Junior Taekwondo Championships from 18-21 July.

Juan Manuel López, president of the Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU), was enthusiastic and emphasised the championship as a platform for future Olympic stars. "This event is more than a competition; it is a springboard for the future of taekwondo in the region. We want to encourage the participation of the cadet and junior divisions and give them the opportunity to showcase their talent on the Pan American stage," he said.

Athletes from all over the Pan American region are expected to participate in this championship. Querétaro, with its rich history and hospitality, promises to be the perfect setting for this high-profile event that will leave a lasting impression on participants and taekwondo enthusiasts alike.

PATU has also decided to extend the wild cards to the talented kids, cadets and juniors by offering spots to the Cadet and Junior Pan American Championships in Querétaro, Mexico. These will be awarded to the first and second place finishers at the President's Cup, which will be held in Costa Rica from 14-17 March.

"We are committed to the development and promotion of taekwondo in all its categories. The allocation of wild cards not only recognises the hard work of the athletes, but also enhances the Pan American events by having the best in each category and division, thereby consolidating the quality of our sport throughout the Pan American region," commented López Delgado.