With the end of U18 hockey world championships, Sochi 2014 organizer Dmitry Chernyshenko "has declared that the dress rehearsal for the Olympics was a success." Test events held in the framework of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games "ended with the final game" of the U18 Int'l Ice Hockey World Championships in Sochi over the weekend. Over 3,000 athletes "competed in the events." During the '12-13 test events, more than 70 national and int'l competitions in all 15 Olympic disciplines and five Paralympic sports "were held at the venues where the Olympic athletes will compete next year." All functions and services of the Olympic venue "were tested by the organizing committee, including the ticket program." The total number of viewers reached 130,000 -- "surpassing expert forecasts nearly twofold" (MOSCOW TIMES, 4/30).
Spanish handball club Reale Ademar coach Manolo Cadenas said that "he would like to coach the Spanish national team for the next Olympic cycle," according to the EFE. Cadenas expects to make the position official in a meeting with new Royal Spanish Handball Federation President Francisco Blázquez. Cadenas said that "he hopes to finalize the length of his contract next Thursday in a meeting with Blázquez," who will be joined by national team Athletic Director Manolo Laguna. Cadenas' first int'l objective will be the European Championship in Denmark in '14. The following year, Spain will look to defend its '13 title won in Barcelona in the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship in Qatar. Finally, Spain will look to improve on its third-place finish at the London Games when it heads to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics (EFE, 4/30).
The Japanese and French athletics federations signed a partnership agreement Wednesday to cooperate in boosting their competitive levels as they head toward the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Under the indefinite agreement, the two sides will exchange information on athlete development, organize event-by-event joint training sessions, share training camps and promote exchanges of coaches and junior athletes (JAAF). ... Turkey's sports minister "has accepted the apology from the governor of Tokyo for criticizing Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Olympics." Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kilic said, "We now wish for a friendly competition between the candidate cities abiding by the criteria established by the IOC" (AP, 5/1). ... The Olympic Museum of Peruvian Sport "was inaugurated." The museum, located in Peru's National Stadium in Lima, "is a place that honors the history of world sport" (ANDINA, 4/30).