POSTED: Wednesday November 16th 2011
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London 2012 test event tickets on sale tomorrow: Gymnastics, Track Cycling, Diving

¬∑      First competitive events in Aquatics Centre and Velodrome

¬∑      Olympic qualification in Gymnastics and Diving

¬∑      Tickets from ¬£5-¬£40

Tickets for London 2012 test events go on general sale tomorrow, 17 November, at 10:00am giving fans the opportunity to watch international competition in Olympic venues from £5.

Britain’s top athletes from Gymnastics, Track Cycling and Diving and will compete against the best in the world as they continue preparations for the London 2012 Games.

International Gymnastics, a qualification event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be a competition priority for the British men’s team- including 2008 Beijing Olympic medallist Louis Smith -who have yet to qualify for the London Games. Double Olympian Beth Tweddle may compete for the women’s team at the event, which is split up into three disciplines Artistic, Trampoline and Rhythmic and takes place at the North Greenwich Arena (known as The O2) from the 10-18 January with tickets from ¬£5-¬£20.
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung will bring the best track riders from around the world to London and will be the first opportunity for the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton to compete in the award winning Velodrome. Tickets to the event from 16-19 February range from £10-£40.
The last opportunity for athletes to qualify for Individual and Synchronised Diving at the London 2012 Olympic Games will take place at the 18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 from 20-26 February. Ticket holders, paying from ¬£5-¬£30, can watch Britain’s best Olympic Diving hopes, a team likely to include Tom Daley, compete against an international field under the innovative curved roof of the Aquatics Centre.

UK Sport have supported the Track Cycling and Diving test events as part of their commitment to distribute funding to host major sporting events in the UK.

London 2012 Director of Sport Debbie Jevans said: “Throughout January and February we will deliver test events for three of the most popular Olympic sports. With tickets on sale to the public this is a fantastic opportunity to see international competition, in some cases Olympic qualification events, within the Olympic venues where we will host the 2012 Games. With some of the best British sporting talent planning to compete there I’m in no doubt these tickets will sell out fast.”

Tickets are on sale via http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/londonpreparesseries. As a proud sponsor of London 2012, Visa (debit, credit, prepaid) is the only card accepted for online ticket sales for these London Prepares series events.
Tickets for the International Table Tennis Federation’s Pro Tour Grand Finals at ExCeL from 24 - 27 November are already on-sale through the English Table Tennis Association (http://www.etta.co.uk/grand-finals).  A limited amount of tickets are left following a popular sale to see British hopefuls at the British Swimming Championships in the Aquatics centre from 3 - 10 March, tickets went on general dale in early November through the British Swimming website (http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/). Both double up as test events for the London 2012 Games.

The London Prepares series is made up of 42 elite athlete competitions in London 2012 venues to test vital areas of LOCOG’s operations, focused on the Field of Play, results, scoring and timing systems, and its people.
For further information on London 2012 test events, visit the London Prepares series website http://www.londonpreparesseries.com
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UK Sport - World Class Events Programme
UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme distributes approximately ¬£3.5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Over 100 events hosted by at least 35 different towns and cities will have been supported from 2007 until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These competitions will have attracted around 30,000 athletes and provided opportunities for over 27,000 officials and volunteers to gain international sporting experience and develop key skills ahead of London 2012. More at http://www.uksport.gov.uk/events
FIG
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international sports federation and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs 7 disciplines: Gymnastics for All, Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic. It counts 127 national affiliated federations and boasts a 20-person staff at its international seat in Lausanne (SUI), host city of the International Olympic Committee.

About the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
Founded in 1900, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body of cycling. Headquartered in Aigle, Switzerland, the UCI is the International Federation of Cycling uniting the National Cycling Federations of 178 countries.
FINA
With its 202 Member National Federations over the five continents, the Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA (founded in 1908 and with its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland), is the world governing body of five aquatic sports, all included in the Olympic programme: swimming, marathon swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming . To access all information and news on FINA, please visit http://www.fina.org
ITTF
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is responsible for the global sport of table tennis. It is the second largest international federation in the world with 215 member nations.
Table Tennis is both an Olympic and Paralympic Sport. It was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and has been a Paralympic sport since the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960.
Table Tennis is known as one of the most democratic sports on the planet and boasts high levels of life-long participation from every demographic. It is also one of the most cerebral sports; the medical profession often uses it for patients recovering from strokes etc. to stimulate the brain, and aid movement and coordination.
English Table Tennis Association (ETTA)
ETTA is the lead nation for the British Table Tennis Federation which consists of the four home nations and is formed for selection of the Great British squad for Olympic Games.
About British Cycling
As the national governing body for cycling, British Cycling is responsible for governing the development of the sport in England and is also the home to the GB Cycling Team which won 34 medals at the 2008 Beijing Games making it Britain's most successful Olympic and Paralympic sport. With London 2012 on the horizon, British Cycling has a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire mass participation in the sport and together with BSkyB, its principal partner, aims to get one million more people cycling regularly by 2013. To facilitate this increase in participation, British Cycling manages a range of coaching qualifications and courses, from grassroots level to elite, and runs the Go-Ride development programme for young people to support their progress in the sport. It also underpins and co-ordinates the organisation of over 3,000 sporting and recreational cycling events every year. British Cycling has over 40,800 members who enjoy a range of benefits from retail discounts and special offers, to legal support and insurance. All membership revenue is invested back into the sport. The organisation also receives Lottery and Exchequer funding via UK Sport and Sport England. For more information, visit http://www.britishcycling.org.uk
About British Swimming
British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games
LOCOG
The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters - Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers - Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock.

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