USA Taekwondo has signed a five-year partnership Dollamur Sport Surfaces ©USATKD

USA Taekwondo (USATKD) has signed a five-year agreement with a mat manufacturer, Dollamur Sport Surfaces, which will see its products used at USATKD events.

Dollamur and USATKD have also vowed to work together to provide taekwondo clubs in the United States with affordable but market-leading training surfaces.

The upcoming Grand Prix Series will be the first batch of events to feature the Dollamur playing surfaces.

"We could not be more excited about this deal, and I’d like to thank Dollamur, and VP Mike Swain in particular for his vision and confidence in supporting us as we continue the transformation of the sport and our events programme into an altogether more professional endeavour," said USATKD chief executive Steve McNally.

"Everything we do is centered around giving athletes the best opportunity to succeed, and a great mat to fight on is as important as anything. 

"We’ve been using Dollamur product at the Center of Excellence for a while now, and the athletes and coaches have been blown away by the quality and durability - we’re excited to roll them out to the wider USATKD family this year."

Jackie Galloway was the United States' lone Olympic taekwondo medallist at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Jackie Galloway was the United States' lone Olympic taekwondo medallist at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

The National Center of Excellence in Colorado Springs is additionally to be refitted with Dollamur mats.

The first-ever Grand Prix Series is set to consist of three events in June - Grand Prix East, Grand Prix West and Grand Prix Central.

"We’ve said it before, but with four World Championships and Regional Academy qualification at stake, every credible present or future athlete and coach really needs to be at the Grand Prix Series of events, and we’re stepping it up to make sure the events themselves meet the mark required by such important competition," McNally added.

The series fits into USA Taekwondo's wider plans to improve international performance in time for the home Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and Paralympics.