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Rio Olympic test events in full swing

The Olympic Hockey Centre has two match fields and one training pitch (Photo: Rio 2016/Alexandre Loureiro)

Work on venues at Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks is almost complete. At Barra, the three Carioca Arenas are more than 95 per cent complete, the Future Arena  is 100 per cent, the Olympic Aquatics Stadium  is 96 per cent and International Broadcast Centre  is 100 per cent complete.

At Deodoro, the completed canoe slalom course will host the sport’s test event 29 November, and the finished BMX track hosted its test event last month. The nearby mountain bike course is also ready.

The hockey field held a test event beginning 24 November – eight teams featuring 144 players and 230 employees from 25 organising committee departments assisted by 166 volunteers at the five-day event.

Rio 2016 hockey manager Eduardo dos Santos Leonardo said:

Competition operations, results and medical services will be among the main areas tested.

The field of play, technology, sport presentation and results will be in full operation in Deodoro, working in the same way that they will during the Olympic Games.

The Rio golf  course  was unveiled on 22 November. The sport returns after a 112-year absence (St Louis 1904). Designed by American Gil Hanse, the 970,000m² course will have capacity for 15,000 fans during the Games and afterwards will help increase public participation in the sport in Brazil.

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The 280m canoe slalom course will host its test event, the Aquece Rio International Canoe Slalom, 24-29 November. The Olympic and Paralympic Village is now 97 per cent complete.

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