Rio 2016 releases test event calendar

Rio 2016 test eventsThe 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.

“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.”

Volleyball will be the first sport to have a Rio 2016 test event in 2015, with the FIVB World League Finals taking place from 14-19 July in the Maracanãzinho, followed by six events in August including the triathlon event in Copacabana on 1-2 August, the World Rowing Junior Championship at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas from 5-9 August and the Aquece Rio International Horse Trials at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro from 6-9 August.

There will be 34 Olympic test events, six Paralympic test events and four that will include both Olympic and Paralympic sports. About 16,000 volunteers will help stage the competitions, which will take place across 156 days of competition in total.

The events provide an important opportunity to test the competition areas and results systems, as well as integrating all the relevant stakeholders and training the teams of people who will be responsible for running the events during the Games.

“Test events are a crucial part of the preparations for staging Olympic and Paralympic Games, allowing the organising committee and its partners – in particular the International Sports Federations and government partners – to test all aspects of venue operations,” said Delphine Moulin, Rio 2016 Test Events General Manager.

The first cluster – or ‘wave’ – of events will be between July and October 2015, focusing on outdoor events. The second, from November 2015 to February 2016, will be more focused on indoor events, while the last, between March and May 2016, will allow preparations to be finalised.

Some of the events will be organised by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, under the banner of the Aquece Rio (‘Rio Warms Up’) series, while others will be staged by the respective International Sports Federations, Brazilian Federations or the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, although Rio 2016 will test specific operations during these events.

Events such as gymnastics and triathlon will provide direct Rio 2016 Games qualification opportunities, while others such as badminton, shooting and athletics offer the chance for athletes to gain ranking points or meet minimum qualification criteria in their quest for Olympic qualification.

Some events will be ticketed, while others will not be open to spectators. Ticketing information will be communicated at a later date. There will also be events – such as such as triathlon, sailing, marathon swimming and road cycling – that the public will be able to see without tickets.

In total, 45 test events will have been staged when the programme finishes in May 2016. The Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta in August 2014 was the first Rio 2016 test event to take place.

See below for the list of test events:




Volleyball FIVB  2015 World League Finals 14-19/07/2015 Maracanãzinho
Triathlon/Paratriathlon Aquece Rio Triathlon Olympic Qualifier and Paratriathlon Event 01-02/08/2015 Fort Copacabana
Rowing 2015 World Rowing Junior Championship 05-09/08/2015 Lagoa Stadium
Equestrian Aquece Rio International Horse Trials 06-09/08/2015 Olympic Equestrian Centre
Sailing Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2015 15-22/08/2015 Marina da Glória
Road Cycling Aquece Rio International Road Cycling Challenge 16/08/2015 Fort Copacabana
Marathon Swimming Aquece Rio International Marathon Swimming Event 22-23/08/2015 Fort Copacabana
Beach Volleyball FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 01-06/09/2015 Beach Volleyball Arena
Canoe Sprint/Paracanoe Aquece Rio International Canoe Sprint 04-06/09/2015 Lagoa Stadium

Archery/Paralympic Archery

Aquece Rio International Archery Challenge 15-22/09/2015 Sambódromo
BMX Cycling Aquece Rio International BMX Challenge 03-04/10/2015 Olympic BMX Centre
Mountain Bike Aquece Rio International Mountain Bike Challenge  11/10/2015 Mountain Bike Centre


WAVE 2 - november 2015 to february 2016

Boccia Aquece Rio International Boccia Tournament  12-14/11/2015 Riocentro - Pavillion 4
Table Tennis Aquece Rio International Table Tennis Tournament 18-21/11/2015 Riocentro - Pavillion 4
Water Polo Aquece Rio International Water Polo Tournament 18-22/11/2015 Julio de Lamare Aquatics Centre
Hockey Aquece Rio International Hockey Championship 24-28/11/2015 Olympic Hockey Centre
Badminton BWF Grand Prix 24-29/11/2015 Riocentro - Pavillion 4
Canoe Slalom Aquece Rio International Canoe Slalom 26-29/11/2015 Whitewater Stadium

Aquece Rio International Golf Challenge

26-29/11/2015 Olympic Golf Course
Boxing Aquece Rio International Boxing Tournament 01-06/12/2015 Riocentro - Pavillion 4
Tennis/Wheelchair Tennis Brazil Masters Cup 10-12/12/2015 Olympic Tennis Centre
Basketball Aquece Rio International Women's Basketball Tournament 15-17/01/2016 Carioca Arena 1
Judo Aquece Rio International Judo Tournament 16-17/01/2016 Carioca Arena 2
Powerlifting IPC Powerlifting Americas World Cup 19-22/01/2016 Carioca Arena 2
Taekwondo Aquece Rio International Taekwondo Tournament 23-24/01/2016 Carioca Arena 3
Wheelchair Rugby Aquece Rio International Wheelchair Rugby Championship  29-31/01/2016 Carioca Arena 1
Wrestling Aquece Rio International Women's Wrestling Tournament 30-31/01/2016 Carioca Arena 2
Diving FINA Diving World Cup 19-24/02/2016 Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
Race Walk National Race Walk Championship 28/02/2016 To be confirmed

WAVE 3 -  march to may 2016

Synchronised Swimming Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament 2016 02-06/03/2016 Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
Rugby Aquece Rio International Women's Rugby Sevens 05-06/03/2016 Deodoro Stadium
Modern Pentathlon UIPM World Cup 2 10-14/03/2016 Deodoro Stadium/Deodoro Aquatics Centre/ Youth Arena
Track Cycling Aquece Rio International Track Cycling Challenge 18-20/03/2016 Rio Olympic Velodrome
Weightlifting South American Championship 07-10/04/2016 Carioca Arena 3
Football National Championship Match 09/04/2016 To be confirmed
Swimming Maria Lenk Open Championship 12-16/04/2016 Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Shooting ISSF World Cup 14-25/04/2016 Olympic Shooting Centre
Gymnastics Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier 16-24/04/2016 Rio Olympic Arena
Paralympic Swimming CPB Paralympic International Open 19-23/04/2016 Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Fencing Grand Prix and World Cup Finals 22-26/04/2016 Carioca Arena 3
Handball Aquece Rio International Men's Handball Tournament 29/04-01/05/2016 Future Arena
Goalball Aquece Rio International Men's Goalball Tournament 04-05/05/2016 Future Arena
Athletics Ibero-American Championships 13-15/05/2016 Olympic Stadium
Paralympic Athletics CPB Paralympic International Open 17-21/05/2016 Olympic Stadium