Rio 2016 releases test event calendar

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games released its test event calendar on Wednesday (18 March), providing details of the 44 competitions that will allow organisers to finalise preparations for the Games. More than 7,800 athletes will compete in the events, some of which will offer qualification for the Games, between July 2015 and May 2016.

The International Horse Trials will be held Aug. 6-9 in the first wave of competitions. The Competition Centre is located in the Deodoro Cluster in close proximity to the National Shooting Centre. Constructed for the 2007 Pan American Games, it has been designed in accordance with the International Equestrian Federation standards for international competition. The area complex is approximately 1,000,000,00 m² and its facilities will be refurbished and expanded for Rio 2016™.

“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,” said 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.”