Equestrian Among First Group of Test Events for Rio Olympic Games

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The 2016 Olympic Games  equestrian center.
The 2016 Olympic Games equestrian center.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar. 18, 2014–International Horse Trials have been scheduled in August as one of the first wave of test events for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, organizers announced Tuesday.

The horse trials will be staged Aug. 6-9, one of 44 competitions to be tested between July this year and May next year. The first wave between July and October this year will focus on outdoor events.

The equestrian events will be in Deodoro, about an hour outside Rio, the same location where Pan American Games horse sports were held in 2007.

The equestrian center and other sports venues in the so-called “Deodoro Cluster” will use the core structures built for the Pan Ams to what organizers said at the time were to Olympic standards.

Organizers said that more than 7,800 athletes will compete in the Olympic test events.

“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 organizing committee is in training, gaining experience and aiming to reach peak performance in August and September 2016.”

The events will test 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.