The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany this month will use a new artificial intelligence and 3D sensor-based judging system jointly developed by Japanese technology company Fujitsu and the International Gymnastics Federation.
Fujitsu and the FIG began collaborating on the system in 2017, but this marks the first time it will be officially used in competition. The system offers judges a three-dimensional digital view of an athlete’s performance, and the ability to measure various angles within it. It will be used as an additional tool for confirming difficulty scores on four apparatus: the pommel horse, still rings, and men’s and women’s vault.
The FIG executive committee gave the green light for the system’s use at the World Championships following successful tests earlier this year at the Tokyo All-Around World Cup in April, and the Junior World Championships in Gyor, Hungary in June.
FIG president Morinari Watanabe said in a statement: “The people we must always have in mind are the gymnasts. They dedicate their youth to this sport, which gives them dreams and sees them flourish. We cannot accept that all those years of hard effort and all those dreams can be destroyed by a single judging error. Scoring controversies must become a thing of the past, and the technology that Fujitsu has been developing will reinforce trust in judgement.”
The 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships takes place from October 4 to 13.