London Prepares series

The London Prepares series is the official London 2012 sports testing programme. In less than 12 months, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has delivered 42 test events in 28 venues, allowing hundreds of thousands of spectators to enjoy world-class sport in Olympic and Paralympic venues.

These test events have allowed LOCOG to test vital areas of operation ahead of the London 2012 Games.

Visit the sites below for more information about individual events in the London Prepares series.

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Ticketed events

Synchronised Swimming

The FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, Presented by Visa took place at the Aquatics Centre and provided the last opportunity for synchronised swimmers to qualify for the London 2012 Games. 

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Oman 0-2 Senegal. Senegal have become the final nation to secure their place in the London 2012 Football Tournament after winning the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Qualification Play-Off Match at the City of Coventry Stadium.


Some of the world’s best hockey teams competed at the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament. The event took place at the Riverbank Arena on the Olympic Park from 2–6 May 2012.

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2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment featured a host of celebrities and athletes taking part in a series of stunts and games in front of 40,000 spectators.

Wheelchair Tennis

The Eton Manor Wheelchair Tennis International took place at the Paralympic venue for Wheelchair Tennis on the Olympic Park.

Water Polo
The Visa Water Polo International, an invitational tournament, featured four world-class teams at the Water Polo Arena on the Olympic Park from 3–6 May.
Paralympic Athletics
Top athletes from around the world competed at the Visa London Disability Athletics Challenge. The event showcased world-class athletes competing at the Olympic Stadium on 8 May. 

Other events

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby was the first Paralympic test event in the Basketball Arena. Four top teams competed at the event, just five months ahead of the Games. 


The ISSF Shooting World Cup took place from 17–29 April at The Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, London. 

Paralympic Archery

Some of the world’s best Paralympic archers competed at The Royal Artillery Barracks, the London 2012 venue for Paralympic Archery.


The BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships took place in the Olympic Stadium from 4–7 May, with tickets available to members of BUCS. 

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Some of the world's top Boccia nations competed at the London Boccia Invitational 2012, which took place from 5–7 May.

Previous events
Find out about the test events in the London Prepares series that took place between May 2011 – February 2012.