Details of our Olympic sport coverage
Today feels like another significant milestone on the journey to next year’s Olympics and Paralympics, as the Olympic Park hosts competitive sport for the first time, in the form of the basketball test event.
But this is just one event in a fantastically busy period for Olympic sport; both in terms of domestic test events and international championships.
Some of the test events have been quite low key, for instance the World Junior Rowing Championships at Eton Dorney last month.
Others are big international competitions in their own right, for instance last week’s Hyde Park Triathlon, where GB won gold in both the men’s and women’s race.
Britain's Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and London 2012 organising committee chief Lord Sebastian Coe at the launch of the London 2012 Olympic logo. PHOTO: GETTY
Then there are the international competitions in four big Olympic sports - the World Swimming in Shanghai last month where GB finished fourth in the overall medal table and top European nation, and the World Athletics Championships in Korea, World Rowing (including Paralympic disciplines) in Slovenia and World Road Cycling and World Para Cycling Championships in Denmark all coming up in August & September.
We wanted to share our Olympic sport coverage plans so you can see what is to come.
Below is the text of a media release we will be sending out later.
If you have any questions on our coverage, you can ask them here.
BBC Sport will be bringing viewers all of the key moments from a number of Olympic Sports over the next couple of months as Team GB hopefuls attempt to stake a claim for a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There will be coverage across TV, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport online and BBC Red Button.
With many key qualification and test events taking place in August and September, this is a crucial time for many of Britain’s athletes, from all 26 Olympic sports, as they seek winning performances against the best in the world.
A special programme ‘Olympic Countdown’ will be aired on BBC Two, 1300-1730, Sunday 21 August. Clare Balding looks at how London is preparing for the Games. The programme will include:
• Highlights from the finals of the Women’s Beach Volleyball test event, held at Horse Guards Parade. This will include the progress of the two British pairs who are battling it our to claim Team GB’s one automatic 2012 spot
• The best of the action from the Men’s Road Race (London-Surrey Cycle Classic) as a top international field including Tour de France sprint champion Mark Cavendish test out the Olympic route in competition for the first time
• The key moments from the Basketball test event in the Olympic Park where Team GB, led by NBA star Luol Deng take on China, Serbia, Croatia, Australia and France. Team GB’s final two games, against China (1800, Saturday 20 August) and Australia (1800, Sunday 21 August) will also be streamed live on BBC Red Button
• Brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, fresh from a gold/bronze finish at the Hyde Park triathlon and women’s winner Helen Jenkins, are back in action in the World Sprint Championships from Lausanne
• Highlights from the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Hungary. World Champion Ed McKeever, Rachel Cawthorn and newcomer Paul Wycherley lead the way for Team GB.
Other coverage includes:
• Sailing: The Olympic Test Regatta: BBC One, 1300-1400, Saturday 20 August. Highlights from the Olympic Sailing test event in Weymouth, where will Britain’s top sailors have been in action against the world’s elite in the 10 Olympic classes
• European Hockey Championships: BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport, 20-28 August. England’s men’s and women’s teams in action in Germany in a key event in their build up to 2012. The men are defending champions, while Britain’s women won bronze medals at the World Cup and Champions Trophy in 2010, their most successful year to date
• Equestrian - Euro Eventing: Cross Country, BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport, 0925-1500, 27 August; Show Jumping, BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport, 1240-1430, 27 August; Euro Eventing, BBC Two 1515-1730 and bbc.co.uk/sport, 28 August. Reports also on Radio 5 live. Britain defend the team title they have won eight times on the trot
• World Judo Championships: video reports on bbc.co.uk/sport, 23-28 August. Coverage from Paris as GB’s top judokas Euan Burton, Karina Bryant, Ashley McKenzie and Craig Fallon compete against the world’s best
• World Athletics Championships: live across Radio 5 live and 5 live extra, daily video highlights and live text commentary on bbc.co.uk/sport, 27 August – 4 September. Action from Korea with Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Phillips Idowu leading Team GB’s campaign
• World Rowing Championships: BBC One, 1400-1630, Saturday 3 September; BBC Two, 1545-1700, Sunday 4 September. Finals streamed live on bbc.co.uk/sport and on BBC Red Button (approx 1010-1230, Thursday 1 September; approx 0930-1245, Friday 2 September; approx 0930-1245, Saturday 3 September; approx 1100-1245, Sunday 4 September) and covered on 5 live Sports extra. John Inverdale presents coverage of the World Rowing Championships in Slovenia with special guest and five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave. Britain will field boats in all the Olympic classes and three of the four Paralympic classes. The 68-strong team will aim to defend four world titles and arrive full of confidence having won 10 medal, including four golds, at last month’s Lucerne World Cup
• Men’s European Basketball Championships: Team GB’s opening five group games will be streamed live on BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport as will subsequent games should the team progress. Reports also on Radio 5 live. 31 August-18 September. Having been finally granted a host place at the 2012 Olympic Games by the world governing body earlier this year, GB’s men including NBA star Deng, will be eager to prove they deserve it, as they take on Lithuania, Turkey, Spain, Poland and one other team yet to qualify in their opening five games
• World Canoe Slalom Championships: BBC Two and bbc.co.uk/sport, 1400-1510, Sunday 18 September
• Triathlon World Series: BBC Red Button, 0530-0750, Friday 9 September; BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport, 0630-0850, Sunday 11 September
• Triathlon World Championship Final: BBC One, 1500-1630 and bbc.co.uk/sport, Saturday 17 September
• European Show Jumping Team Championships: BBC Two and bbc.co.uk/sport, 1510-1630, Sunday 18 September
• World Road Cycling Championships: BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport, 1300-1610, Tuesday 20 September; BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport, 1130-1605, Wednesday 21 September; BBC One, 1300-1400 and BBC Red Button and bbc.co.uk/sport 1230-1615, Saturday 24 September; BBC Two, 1515-1700 and BBC Red Button, 0900-1605 and bbc.co.uk/sport, Sunday 25 September.
There will be a further edition of British Olympic Dreams on BBC One, 1430-1500 on Saturday 17 September.
Viewers can follow the action from these events and keep up to date with the news in all the Olympic sports at bbc.co.uk/olympics.
For the full range of BBC London 2012 content: bbc.co.uk/2012