Responsible defend technology
After two German sprinters had complained about the cameras in the starting blocks at the World Championships in Athletics in Qatar, the association reports. The IAAF justifies the use of the cameras and explains the intent behind the unusual perspective. At the starting blocks for the sprinters and hurdlers cameras have recently been added. At the World Championships in Athletics, they film the faces of the runners right before the start of the race. If the cameras are switched on earlier, they also show how the athletes climb over the block and thus film into the crotch. This was what the German sprinters Gina Lückenkemper and Tatjana Pinto described as “very questionable”.
Now the association justifies itself for the use of the new cameras. “Athletics is made up of extraordinary colors and movements in competition, we want to showcase all of this to the world in a new and exciting way,” television director James Lord of World Association IAAF told the “Bild” newspaper (Tuesday), stating the unusual angle.
IAAF production director Westbury Gillett, who according to the newspaper had the idea, said: “The new cameras capture the intense moment just before the race starts.