POSTED: August 4th 2014

Rio 2016 releases test events calendar

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Marking a two-year countdown to the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Rio 2016 released its test events calendar Monday.

Much has been reported regarding the readiness of the Rio 2016 venues, but the 45 competitions – which began last weekend with the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 at the Marina de Gloria – scheduled until the Games begin should prove if the city is prepared for the Games.

Around 8,400 athletes, including 1,200 Paralympic athletes, will compete in the test events.

“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,” Rio 2016 Sport and Paralympic Integration Executive Director Agberto Guimarães said.

Rio 2016 worked with International Sports Federations around the world to ensure the test events properly put its venues through the paces while also providing meaningful competitions for each sport.

“Test events are a vital part of the preparations for staging the Games, providing the opportunity to put all our planning into practice,” Rio 2016 Test Events General Manager Delphine Moulin said. “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 a crucial role to play in the delivery of the Games.”

Thirty-three events in Olympic sports, six Paralympic-exclusive events, and six combined events will be held during the test events calendar. The Sailing Regatta is the only event scheduled for 2014.

The first cluster of mostly outdoor events like rowing, equestrian, road cycling, and open water swimming will begin July 2015 to help simulate the weather conditions expected during the summer of 2016.

The second cluster of events begin November 2015 with mostly indoor events, including table tennis, boxing, and wheelchair rugby.

As the Games draw closer, a third cluster of events will be held between March and May 2015 to finalise operations with the majority of the Games-time workforce in Rio.

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Olympics · Summer Games · Paralympics · Test Events · Brazil · Brasil ·

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