The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has announced the details of 44 test events that will be held in preparation for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. The programme includes 34 Olympic sports events, six Paralympic events and four events that feature both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.
The events will provide the Organising Committee with an important opportunity to test the Olympic competition areas and results systems, as well as integrating all the relevant stakeholders and training the team of people who will be responsible for running the events during the Games.
“Test events are a crucial part of the preparations for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, allowing the Organising Committee and its partners – in particular the International Sports Federations and government partners – to test all aspects of venue operations,” explained Delphine Moulin, Rio 2016 Test Events General Manager.
There are 21 events scheduled to take place in 2015, with the first set of outdoor events to be held between July and October this year. A series of indoor events will then be held from November 2015 to February 2016, with the final events to take place between March and May 2016, ahead of the Olympic Games, which begin on 5 August.
More than 7,800 athletes will participate in the test events, providing each of them with a taste of the Olympic and Paralympic host city, while approximately 16,000 volunteers will also gain experience across the 156 days of competition.
“We have worked closely together with the sport federations to develop a test event calendar that will offer the best opportunity to carry out the vital testing and training required to prepare for the Games,” added Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016 Executive Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration. “I have no doubt we will learn many important lessons from the test events, which we will use to ensure we deliver the highest level of service possible at Games time. Just like the athletes, the Organising Committee is in training, gaining experience and aiming to reach peak performance in August and September 2016.”
The first event to take place this year will be the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals from 14-19 July at the Maracanãzinho, which will be followed by six events in August including triathlon races in Copacabana on 1-2 August, the World Rowing Junior Championships at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas from 5-9 August and the equestrian event at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro from 6-9 August.
Some events will be ticketed, while others will not be open to spectators. There will also be events in the Copacabana region – such as triathlon, sailing, marathon swimming and road cycling – that the public will be able to see without tickets.
The full calendar and further information can be found at www.aquecerio.com/en