Tokyo Olympic organisers on Monday held a test event for BMX freestyle cycling, nearing the end of a busy period of more than a dozen test events since last month as they finalise preparations for the Summer Games in about two months’ time.
BMX freestyle cycling is among a handful of sports, including skateboarding, sport climbing and 3×3 basketball, that will make their debut at the Tokyo Olympics.
Monday’s event was held amid volatile weather and the event was briefly halted in the morning due to rain. After the rain had stopped, venue staff had to dry the cycling surfaces so that competition could resume.
No spectators and no international riders were present.
The Olympic test events are an important dress rehearsal so that organisers can test the facilities and operational capabilities as well as COVID-19 countermeasures.
The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by a year because of the pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23.