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Track cycling test events in Rio postponed due to unlaid track

Track cycling test events in Rio postponed due to unlaid track

Fears grow that Olympic velodrome may not be completed in time for summer Games Track cycling test events in Rio have been postponed due to unlaid track at the velodrome, sparking fears the facilities will not be ready in time for the Olympic Games this summer.

The Aquece Rio International Track Cycling Challenge is due to be the first competition staged in the Rio Olympic Velodrome, and was initially supposed to be held between March 18 and 20.

It will however now be scheduled for between April 29 and May 1, as the velodrome’s construction has lagged behind other works for the Games, according to Inside The Games (link is external) .

Organisers claimed that the velodrome was 76 per cent complete in December.

“Rio 2016 and the International Cycling Union (UCI) look forward to an exciting test event and will continue to work closely together in the preparation and planning for both the test event and the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Rio 2016 said in a statement.

“There is no impact on the Games-time competitions, with Olympic track cycling taking place from 11-16 August and Paralympic track cycling from 8-11 September.”Just this week, Rio de Janeiro cancelled the construction contract for the […]

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