Olympics 2020: Sprint Replays Will Feature Intel Analysis

Intel will analyze sprints at the 2020 Summer Olypmics in Tokyo. The technology, called 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT), provides near real-time insights and overlay information for athletic events, such as the 100-meter dash. It is one among various Intel technologies that will be at the summer games and announced from Intel’s partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

3DAT is a computer vision solution that also uses artificial intelligence. Four pan-tilt, mobile, 4K cameras capture the motion of the athletes. Pose estimation algorithms then analyze the bio-mechanics of athlete’s movements. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Sprint Tickets online.

Olympics 2020: Sprint Replays Will Feature Intel Analysis

The resulting data is then converted into broadcast overlay visualizations that will be available during replays of sprinting events, such as the 100 meters. Intel developed 3DAT in partnership with the Olympic Broadcast Services, and it was optimized for Xeon processors, which will be hosted on Alibaba’s cloud infrastructure.

Another new addition is VR training. Intel’s announcement said it will use VR to create an “immersive learning experience” for key managers at event venues. The company did not give concrete examples but said that VR training can reduce cost and increase training efficiency.

Olympics 2020: Sprint Replays Will Feature Intel Analysis

Some other technologies that Intel introduced at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will return: 5G and True VR. Cisco is the official partner for networking equipment at the Olympics, with Intel providing Xeon CPUs and SSDs. True VR will be deployed in a range of sports and venues, including the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, gymnastics, boxing and beach volleyball, and will be distributed by rights-holding broadcasters.

Finally, the official Tokyo 2020 beat was compiled using Intel artificial intelligence, plus the event will use Intel’s NEC Facial Recognition. It is not known yet if Intel will be holding any drone shows, like in PyeongChang. Intel also announced it will be hosting the $500,000 Intel World Open eSports tournament ahead of the Olympics featuring the viewer-accessible Rocket League and Street Fighter V games and a $250,000 prize pool for each. While not part of the Olympics, the event is organized in partnership with the IOC.

Olympics 2020: Sprint Replays Will Feature Intel Analysis

Intel and the IOC announced their partnership in 2017, and it will last at least through 2024.

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Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

Jamaican teenage sprint star Briana Williams has been given a public reprimand at an Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) hearing after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. I look forward to returning to the track for the Olympic 2020 season. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Sprint can get Olympic Sprint Tickets online.

The 17-year-old is the current world under-20 champion in the 100 and 200 meters, with a personal best of 10.94sec in the 100m.

Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test
Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

She recorded that time at the Jamaican Championships in June, booking her place at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships but also reportedly tested positive for the banned substance. 

Williams’ representative Emir Crowne claimed the substance was contained in an over-the-counter, cold-and-flu medication given to her by a close relative, but was not listed as an active ingredient as reported by Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

It was also reported that Williams declared the medication on her doping control form while being tested by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission officials.  She was made aware of the result on July 25.

Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test
Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

The IADP has now ruled that Williams “established no significant fault or negligence as she was given tablets by her guardian and had no intentions to cheat in her in-competition sprint event on the 21st June 2019”.

She has therefore been reprimanded but without a period of ineligibility.  The IADP has also recommended Williams undergoes another education program on the anti-doping rules.  Williams the world-youth 100m record holder says she now focuses her energy on making Jamaica’s national team to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan 2020.

Despite escaping a ban, Jamaica Observer reported that Williams will not make her senior national debut at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, beginning today. 

It was thought there would not be enough time for Williams to compete in Qatar’s capital even if she was cleared, but the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) opted to name her in their squad.

Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test
Tokyo 2020: Jamaican Sprinter Williams reproached after a failed drugs test

“It’s okay,” said Ato Boldon, Williams’ coach, to the Jamaica Observer.  She’s been exonerated and that’s the main thing – she’ll be back. The panel did its job in considering the scientific evidence and expert testimony that it heard. I am relieved for Briana, who has shown amazing resilience at her age.  I just spoke to her and she was crying happy tears.”

Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago, was the men’s 100m Olympic silver medalist at Sydney 2000 and faced a similar situation to Williams in 2001.  He tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine but was only given a warning, as the substance can be found in many over-the-counter remedies.

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Triple Olympic champion Brendel winners as Tokyo 2020 sprint test event completes

Triple Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Brendel of Germany was among the winners on the final day of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 canoe sprint test event. The 31-year-old 12-time world champion clocked 4min 10.392sec to win the men’s C1 1,000 meters at the Sea Forest Waterway venue. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Sprint can get Olympic Sprint Tickets online.

Brendel is the back-to-back Olympic champion in the discipline having won gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Russia’s Kirill Shamshurin was second today in 4:10.891 as European Games champion and world silver medalist Tomasz Kaczor of Poland ended third in 4:13.498.

Other winners today included four-time world champion Maryna Litvinchuk in the women’s K1 500m. The Belarus paddler timed in at 1:59.649 to edge New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington a double Olympic gold medalist, into second place at 2:00.394. It meant a second gold of the event for Litvinchuk who also won the women’s K1 200m two days ago.

Triple Olympic champion Brendel winners as Tokyo 2020 sprint test event completes
Triple Olympic champion Brendel winners as Tokyo 2020 sprint test event completes

Alyssa Bull of Australia stopped the watches at 2:00.825 for third place. Hungary’s Sandor Totka won the men’s K1 200m as the double world champion crossed the line in 37.335sec. Arturas Seja of Lithuania clocked 37.482 for the second position as Balazs Birkas of Hungary ended third in 37.742.

Further Hungarian success arrived in the women’s C2 500m as Virag Balla and Kincso Takacs ended in 2:05.096. Ksenia Kurach and Olesia Romasenko of Russia timed in at 2:05.594 for second and Nadzeya Makarchanka and Volha Klimava of Belarus managed 2:07.086 for third.

Tom Liebscher, an Olympic gold medallist for Germany in the K4 1,000m, teamed up with Jacob Schopf to win the K2 1,000m. Their time was 3:26.448 as Samuele Burgo and Luca Beccaro of Italy ended in 3:26.906 as runners-up. Cyrille Carre and Etienne Hubert of France were third in 3:27.157.

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Alena Nazdrova wins on the opening day of Ready Steady Tokyo 2020 sprint test event

World champion Alena Nazdrova was among the semi-final victors on the opening day of the Ready Steady Tokyo canoe sprint test event at Sea Forest Waterway. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Sprint can get Olympic Sprint Tickets online.

The Belarusian was a C1 500m gold medalist at the International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships last month and won C1 200m gold at the European Games in Minsk in June.

At Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, which will host canoeing and rowing next July Nazdrova qualified for the test event’s C1 200m final in 51.540sec as the opening day passed without incident. Paulina Polet of Finland qualified quickest for the women’s K1 200m final, clocking 44.687 as Hungarian Anna Lucz won her semi-final in 45.483.

Alena Nazdrova wins on the opening day of Ready Steady Tokyo 2020 sprint test event

The men’s K1 1,000m semi-finals were won by Eivind Vold of Norway and Italian Samuele Burgo in 3min 52.193sec and 3:50.739 respectively. The women’s K2 500m semi-finals saw Hungarian pair Alida Dóra Gazsó and Erika Medveczky qualify fastest for the final in 1:52.363.

Tomorrow, Tokyo 2020 organizers will test out a snow-making machine as part of its efforts to counter high humidity and summer heat ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The idea of the machines is for artificial snow to be sprayed over spectator seating, some of which may be in direct sunlight.

A Tokyo spokeswoman said: “We haven’t decided definitively that we will use this system next year for the Olympics but we want to test it to see how effective it is.” 

According to Japan’s national broadcasting organization NHK the test will use small machines to produce around a tonne of snow per day. During the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships which also served as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic regatta several rowers were treated for heatstroke.

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