Organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games have been forced to cancel their plans to hold a test event at the city’s velodrome due to delays in completing the track. It means that plans for the test event – which had been scheduled for this spring after several delays – have been scrapped.
There had been a string of concerns over the last year surrounding the completion of the track. At the World Track Championships in London early this year, UCI President Brian Cookson admitted that staging a test event at the Rio de Janeiro velodrome ahead of the 2016 Olympics would be ‘a challenge’ after the construction of the venue was delayed by several weeks.
A planned test event had been scheduled for early spring but was pushed back to April after the necessary timber only arrived in February.
“It’s important that we have a test event in my view, for the riders, the team and those managing the event,” Cookson told the press at the time.
“It would be regrettable if there wasn’t a test event. Ultimately it’s possible to go to a Games without a test event but that makes it less than ideal for everybody. The riders and team wouldn’t be able to test out the track.
“A track is a track and riders adapt very quickly. There is no plan B. There’s not another useable velodrome in Brazil so there has to be an Olympic velodrome.”
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