?Some of the world’s best hockey teams have been announced to play in the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament, a test event for London 2012 and part of the London Prepares series.
The event, which will take place at the Riverbank Arena from 2-6 May 2012 in the Olympic Park, will feature the men’s Australian and German teams who are currently ranked number one and two in the world, the current women’s World Champions, Argentina, as well as both the men’s and women’s British teams as they prepare for the Games.
The tournament will also feature a men’s team from India, women’s teams from China and Korea and will give all eight teams the chance to compete in a tournament for the first time in the Olympic Park. The Riverbank Arena, a temporary venue, will be fully completed and will host up to 60,000 spectators over the eight sessions of the tournament.
The Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament will be used by London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to test key operations ahead of the Games. This will be the first time spectators have been in the Riverbank Arena, so spectator flows will form a key part of testing. The field of play and video referral, timing, scoring and results systems will also be tested at the event as well as the workforce. Athletes and technical officials will also be able to familiarise themselves and test their operations ahead of the Games.
David Luckes, Head of Sport Competition at LOCOG said: “The Riverbank Arena is one of the most striking venues in the Olympic Park with its blue and pink pitches and it is vital that we run an event which will test our field of play, the venue and our workforce before the Games. We are delighted to have been able to secure such a strong line-up of team’s for the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament and offer the spectators the chance to see world class hockey in the Olympic Park just a few months before the Games.”
Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) added: “This is an exciting time for the FIH to see the Riverbank Arena and the blue pitches in use for the first time in senior international competition. With just three months to go to the Olympics, the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament will provide a taste of what is to come, with hockey of the highest quality.”
Tickets will be on sale for the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament in early spring.
The Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament will take place in the Olympic Park at the same time as six other Olympic test events. This will form part of LOCOG’s testing of spectator flows in the Park.
Schedule for Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament:
Wednesday 2 May
11.00-12.30 Argentina v China – Women’s Preliminaries
13.15-14.45 Great Britain v Korea – Women’s Preliminaries
16.15-17.45 Australia v India – Men’s Preliminaries
18.30-20.00 Great Britain v Germany – Men’s Preliminaries
Thursday 3 May
11.00-12.30 Argentina v Korea – Women’s Preliminaries
13.15-14.45 China v Great Britain – Women’s Preliminaries
16.15-17.45 Germany v Australia – Men’s Preliminaries
18.30-20.00 Great Britain v India – Men’s Preliminaries
Friday 4 May
Saturday 5 May
09.30-11.00 China v Korea – Women’s Preliminaries
11.45-13.15 Great Britain v Argentina – Women’s Preliminaries
14.45-16.15 Germany v India – Men’s Preliminaries
17.00-18.30 Australia v Great Britain – Men’s Preliminaries
Sunday 6 May
09.30-11.00 3rd v 4th – Women’s 3 v 4 Match
12.15-14.15 1st v 2nd – Women’s Final Match
15.45-17.45 3rd v 4th – Men’s 3 v 4 Match
18.30-20.30 1st v 2nd – Men’s Final Match
For more information about London 2012 test event visit www.londonpreparesseries.com