London 2012 Announces Testing Program

The London 2012 organizing committee has announced the details of its testing program. The London Prepares series is a 12-month program that will test the Olympic venues ahead of the Summer Games next year.

More than 10,000 volunteers, 8,000 athletes and 250,000 spectators are expected to take part between May 2011 and May 2012, with basketball and BMX the first competitive sports at the Olympic Park in August.

Although some events will require tickets ranging in price from five to 35 pounds, others, such as the Cycling Road Race on August 14, will reportedly be free.

Locog chief executive Paul Deighton said, “the London Prepares series is essentially about putting our plans in practice. Although our venues won’t be dressed in their Games finery a number of events will give the public a chance to see some world class sporting action ahead of next year.

“These events are our opportunity to try out our new venues, test new technology and equipment, and walk our extended teams through their roles and responsibilities. We have learned a lot from previous Games which we will put to good use as we challenge ourselves over the next 12 months”.

Tickets go on sale starting May 26.

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