London 2012 testing programme

    The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today announced a comprehensive testing programme which will form a key part of its preparations for the Games next year.

    LOCOG’s testing programme will focus primarily on testing the field of play, results, scoring and timing systems, as well as key operational procedures and functions. This programme is made up of three different types of events, namely:

    · International Invitational Events, created and delivered by LOCOG;
    · International Federation (IF) Events, delivered by LOCOG in partnership with the IFs and sports national governing bodies (NGBs);
    · International Events organised by sports national governing bodies and other organisations with LOCOG testing operational aspects.

    Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: ‘Our approach to operational delivery is similar to that of an athlete. You do not want to face any conditions at competition time that you have not prepared for. When the world’s greatest Olympic and Paralympic athletes come to London in the summer of 2012, every aspect of our delivery needs to be the best it can be. The invaluable experience we gain through our testing programme means we can “road-test” all our operational plans and make sure we have all the knowledge we need to deliver a truly memorable Games in 2012.’

    Many of the events will be available to spectators with others restricted to technology and field of play testing. Some tickets will be sold by LOCOG and some will be sold by other event organisers. Further details of LOCOG’s test event ticketing programme will be announced later this year. People who are interested in attending events should sign up to and they will be sent further information as soon as it is available.

    LOCOG has worked closely with UK Sport and some of the events will form part of UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme, which invests National Lottery funding to help stage major international sporting events in the UK.

    Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: ‘UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme has been preparing Britain’s sports and elite athletes for their home Games in London for the past five years, so it is fantastic to be supporting LOCOG’s testing programme at this crucial time through the major international events we are bringing to Olympic and Paralympic venues in 2011 and 2012. Working in partnership with nearly every British Olympic and Paralympic sport to host events on home soil in readiness for London has transformed our events staging capacity within the UK, and is allowing us to target an ambitious programme of world class events for the UK beyond 2012.’

    Denis Oswald, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for London, said: ‘Athletes know that the quality of their training will impact the quality of their performance as they strive to achieve their full potential. It is no different with the Games organisers and we can see that LOCOG is making sure that its pre-Games preparations will give it plenty of opportunity to refine its plans and produce a winning performance come July 2012.’

    The testing programme is as follows (subject to change):


    30 May 2011
    Athletics – Marathon

    London Roads
    30 May 2011
    Athletics – Race Walk
    2011 UKA 20km Race Walking Championships

    London Roads
    20 June – 3 July 2011
    Wimbledon Championships

    4 – 6 July 2011
    Equestrian – Eventing
    Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational

    Greenwich Park
    9 – 10 July 2011
    Modern Pentathlon

    UIPM World Cup Final
    Greenwich Park / Crystal Palace
    20 – 24 July 2011
    London International Invitational

    Earls Court
    28 – 31 July 2011
    Canoe – Slalom
    International Invitational
    Lee Valley White Water Centre

    31 July 2011
    Cycling – Mountain Bike
    Hadleigh Farm International

    Hadleigh Farm, Essex
    31 July – 13 August 2011
    Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011

    Weymouth and Portland
    4 – 7 August 2011
    FISA World Rowing Junior Championships

    Eton Dorney
    6 – 7 August 2011
    ITU World Championship Series

    Hyde Park
    8 – 14 August 2011
    World Championships
    Wembley Arena

    9 – 14 August 2011
    Beach Volleyball
    FIVB Beach Volleyball International

    Horse Guards Parade
    13 August 2011
    Aquatics – Marathon Swimming

    International Invitational
    Hyde Park
    14 August 2011
    Cycling – Road
    London – Surrey Cycle Classic

    London and Surrey
    16 – 21 August 2011
    International Invitational – Men’s

    Basketball Arena, Olympic Park
    19 – 20 August 2011
    Cycling – BMX
    UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

    BMX Track,
    Olympic Park
    1 – 4 September 2011
    Canoe – Sprint
    International Invitational
    Eton Dorney
    3 – 10 October 2011
    International Invitational
    Lord’s Cricket Ground

    23 -27 November 2011
    International Invitational – Women’s
    Handball Arena,
    Olympic Park

    24 – 27 November 2011
    International Invitational

    24 – 27 November 2011
    Table Tennis
    International Invitational

    26 – 27 November 2011
    International Invitational

    3 – 4 December 2011
    International Invitational

    3 – 4 December 2011
    International Invitational

    3 – 4 December 2011
    London International Invitational Women’s Goalball Tournament

    Handball Arena,
    Olympic Park
    10 – 11 December 2011
    International Invitational

    10 – 11 December 2011
    International Invitational

    10 – 18 January 2012
    Gymnastics – Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Rhythmic Gymnastics

    Olympic Qualifier
    North Greenwich Arena
    17 – 19 February 2012
    Cycling – Track
    UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic
    Olympic Park

    20 – 26 February 2012
    Aquatics – Diving
    FINA Diving World Cup


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