London 2012 testing programme continues

The London 2012 test event programme, the London Prepares series, resumes in October with an exciting sporting line-up including Olympic qualifying tournaments, British Championships and World Cups from sports including Diving, Swimming and Track Cycling, plus the first Paralympic test event.

Following a successful summer of testing, the next round promises to bring the world’s best athletes to London spearheaded by the Archery test event on 3 October which uses the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground as its venue.

In the Olympic Park, the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and Handball Arena will be used for the first time for competitive events including Goalball, the first Paralympic test event. Elsewhere in London, the multi-venue ExCeL is put to the test along with the North Greenwich Arena (known as the O2) which will host Artistic, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

This is the second of three clusters of test events aimed at testing LOCOG’s operations in the lead up to the Games. Not only will the events offer world-class sport to thousands of spectators, they are vital in testing the sporting field of play, results, timing and scoring systems, as well as how teams work together and how people move around venues.

Paul Deighton, London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) Chief Executive, said: "After completing 18 very successful Olympic test events this summer, it is with great anticipation we start the next round of test events in the London Prepares series. We are looking forward to completing another first in the Olympic Park when we host competitive Olympic and Paralympic events in the Handball Arena and world-class events in the Velodrome and Aquatics Centre."

Esther Nicholls, UK Sport’s Head of Major Events, said: "UK Sport is thrilled to be supporting the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic and 18th FINA Diving World Cup in the second wave of Olympic test events through our National Lottery funded events programme. These events are set to give more of our athletes a taste of what is to come in less than 12 months time at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Following the great success of the first test events, where we saw some incredible performances in iconic venues across London, we are looking forward to hosting more world-class events on home soil."

After the London Archery Classic at Lord’s, the Handball Arena in the Olympic Park hosts the London Handball Cup, followed by the London International Goalball Tournament later in the year.

In November ExCeL hosts the Boxing International Invitational, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour Grand Finals and the Fencing International Invitational. The action in ExCeL then continues into December with the Judo International Invitational, the Taekwondo International Invitational, the London Weightlifting International Invitational and the London International Invitational Wrestling.

The International Gymnastics Olympic Qualifier, in the North Greenwich Arena (also known as the O2), signals the start of the Olympic year. February sees the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic being hosted in the spectacular Velodrome in the Olympic Park. The Aquatics Centre will then host its first competitive action with the 18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 taking place later that month. The British Swimming Championships will also test LOCOG operations in early March.

Test events in Cluster Two with public tickets:

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour Grand Finals – 24-27 November, ExCeL – For tickets: www.etta.co.uk/grandfinals (On sale now)

International Gymnastics – Olympic Qualifier - 10-18 January, North Greenwich Arena - For tickets: www.londonpreparesseries.com

UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic - 17-19 February, Velodrome,

Olympic Park – For tickets: www.londonpreparesseries.com

18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 - 20-26 February, Aquatics Centre,

Olympic Park – For tickets: www.londonpreparesseries.com

British Swimming Championships, 3-10 March, Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park – For tickets: www.swimming.org/britishswimming

A full list of events and ticket information can be found at www.londonpreparesseries.com. Tickets for the Gymnastics, Track Cycling and Diving test events will go on sale on Thursday 17 November. At the Archery, Handball and Goalball test events, tickets will be given to selected schools, colleges, local residents and national governing bodies. Tickets for the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals and the British Swimming Championships are being sold through the National Governing Bodies.

Information on media accreditation for all test events can be found below.

For more information, contact: +44 (0)203 2012 100 or visit the website at www.london2012.com.

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