RIO DE JANIERO (AFP) — Rio Olympics organizers cancelled the test track events, originally scheduled for April 30-May 1, on Thursday due to delays in velodrome construction.
“The cycling test track events, scheduled from April 30 to May 1, were canceled and replaced with training sessions, June 25 to 27,” said Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio 2016 committee, during a telephone conference with foreign correspondents.
Andrada assured press that the work would be completed by late May, about two months before the Games kick off.
“The laying of Siberian pine boards was 12 days behind, because we had logistical problems when transporting the wood,” he added. “We realized there was too little time for everything to be ready before the test events.”
The decision was made by the organizers last weekend in agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It has communicated the change to the UCI.
“Installing the track in a hurry could represent a safety risk for athletes,” Andrada said.
The test event had previously been postponed by 10 days. UCI president Brian Cookson expressed concerns in early March about the delays in the construction of the velodrome.