11/23/2016 7:45:45 AM

FIG may introduce 3D technology

FIG may introduce  3D technology

THE international gymnastics federation (FIG) is mulling the idea of introducing a 3D technology designed to aid judges with their scoring at the 2018 Artistic World Championships in Doha. 

FIG’s newly-elected president Morinari Watanabe told mediapersons in Doha last week about his keenness to introduce the system, which uses laser sensors to capture the movements of gymnasts.

“We need innovations in scoring systems to make everything look easy for judges and spectators,” said Watanabe.

The Japanese hoped the 3D system could be fully implemented at all international events by 2020, perhaps, including the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The technology is designed by Japanese company Fujitsu.  

FIG’s outgoing chief Bruno Grandi also supported the need to have a new system which can help judges should there be a photo finish in a competition.

“In football, you know when a goal is scored, but in gymnastics, it’s not that simple,” said the 82-year-old. 

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