London 2012 World class sport coming to the UK as part of London 2012 testing programme

    World-class sport coming to the UK as part of London 2012 testing programme

    Great sport is coming to the United Kingdom as part of the London 2012 testing programme. These events will enable the public to see exciting competitive sport in Olympic venues for the first time, and will include World Championships, international invitation meets and British team qualification events.

    The International Olympic Committee approved the structure of LOCOG’s test event programme at the Coordination Commission session this week.

    A full list of the test events, some of which will receive funding from UK Sport, will be published later this year. Some of the events will be part of UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme, which invests National Lottery funding to help stage major international sporting events in the UK.

    Testing will take place in each Olympic venue. Some events will be run as ticketed sporting events. Others will be smaller scale elite athlete events testing specific areas such as field of play, scoring, systems and other operational aspects, including elements of Paralympic delivery where required.

    Ticket information will be announced next year and the public are encouraged to sign-up to www.tickets.london2012.com to register their interest in attending and ensure they receive all information on the ticketed test events.

    Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chair, commented: “It is essential for LOCOG to test its operational readiness for 2012, and at the same time bring some exciting sporting action here in the run-up to 2012. People will be able to experience some of our venues in action and get a real flavour of excitement for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. London 2012 is a catalyst for major sport happening in the capital and elsewhere in the UK.”

    Denis Oswald, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission said: “Testing events are an important part of getting ready for an Olympic Games and we are impressed with the way LOCOG’s plans are shaping up for these events.”

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