May, 2016 Tentatively Set for Rio Summer Olympic Games Test Event

On Monday afternoon, the organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil unveiled the schedule of 45 test events that will be held around the country as a preview to the games.

Per IOC rules, each event that is being used for the Olympics must host at least one open event prior to the games where athletes from any country in the world have at least the opportunity to test the competition facilities as they will be for the games. Those events begin this week with the International Sailing Regatta, and will run through May of 2016.

The document, which is labeled multiple times as “subject to change,” includes test events for open water swimming and pool swimming.

The Open Water swimming events, which will take place off the famous Copacabana Beach, will be held in August of 2015. This will be a test for organizers as well, as 7 different test events are being held that month.

Then, in May of 2016, test events will be held at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium for both Olympic swimmers and Paralympic swimmers.

To see the tentative working document, click here.

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