The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has unveiled a draft calendar of elite-level sporting events that the Brazilian city will host during the build-up to the 2016 Olympic Games, which will allow Rio to test its Games’ plans and operations.
The 45 events will bring nearly 8,400 world-class athletes to the Olympic host city and will form a crucial part of the Organising Committee’s preparations for the 2016 Games, providing the opportunity to test the competition sites and venue operations, while also giving athletes the chance to compete at the locations where the Games themselves will be held.
Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016's Executive Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration, said: “Establishing the calendar is an important step as these events will allow us to test all aspects of the competitions and ensure that, come Games time, everything will be in place for the athletes to produce their best performances.”
Delphine Moulin, Rio 2016’s Test Events General Manager, added: “Test events are a vital part of the preparations for staging the Games, providing the opportunity to put all our planning into practice.
“They also present an invaluable chance to integrate the Organising Committee’s team with the International and National Sports Federations and government teams, who also have an crucial role to play in the delivery of the Games.”
Rio 2016 will work closely with the International Sports Federations (IFs) to define the details of each event, the majority of which will be held in the second half of 2015 and first part of 2016. As well as being an opportunity to test for the Games, they will be top-level competitions in their own right, and some will be ticketed.
The first event, the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014, is currently being staged at Marina da Glória, with more than 300 sailors, including 23 Olympic medallists.
The entire programme will include 33 events for Olympic sports, six exclusively Paralympic events and six containing both Olympic and Paralympic competitions. The events organised by Rio 2016 will form the Aquece Rio (‘Warm up Rio’) series, while there will also be events organised by International and National Sports Federations, in which Rio 2016 will test specific operations.