Video assessment of choices coming to Olympic desk tennis

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Video assessment might be utilized in desk tennis on the Tokyo Olympics for gamers to problem umpire choices.

A mix of ball-tracking expertise, just like tennis, and assessment of slow-motion replays, as in top-level soccer, might be launched on the Olympic Video games and different main occasions this 12 months, the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation stated on Tuesday.

“We felt it was vital to implement a brand new expertise that may guarantee a good competitors for all of the athletes, empowering them to problem any resolution made by the umpire,” the governing physique’s chief government, Steve Dainton, stated in an announcement.

Gamers will use Desk Tennis Overview (TTR) to test if the ball touched the online or the desk edge, struck a participant’s physique, or if a service was authorized.

The system was examined in December on the world tour finals occasion in Zhengzhou, China. The expertise was supplied by Chinese language agency RigourTech.

“We acquired very constructive suggestions from the gamers and we anticipate a serious enchancment when it comes to the viewers’ expertise,” Dainton stated.

The ITTF goals to chop the time spent “between the participant’s name to assessment and the ultimate resolution.”

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