Olympic test events go ahead amid London riots

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2011, 18:14 PM IST

London: Despite three days of rioting and looting in London, Olympic organizers plan to go ahead with a series of events to prepare for the 2012 Games.

A women`s beach volleyball tournament began as scheduled at Horse Guards Parade, with players in bikinis competing on a specially made sand court a short distance from Prime Minister David Cameron`s 10 Downing Street residence.

The competition is a test event for the Olympic tournament that will be played next summer.

Other scheduled test events this week include a marathon swimming competition at Hyde Park on Saturday and a cycling road race that will go through the streets of London on Sunday.

Bureau Report