The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and Fujitsu Limited are collaborating on implementing a judging support system for Artistic Gymnastics competitions. In cooperation, FIG and Fujitsu will carry out data capture and field trials in order to achieve fair and accurate, real-time judging support for Artistic Gymnastics that can be officially launched in 2020.
From 2016, Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., and the Japan Gymnastics Association have been conducting joint research on judging support technology for Artistic Gymnastics competitions. Now, based on this technology, FIG and Fujitsu have agreed to work together to launch a judging support system. The system works by capturing the gymnasts' movements with a 3D laser sensor and analyzing them as numerical data.
Under agreement, Fujitsu, for the first time at a World Championship, captured competition data at the 47th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal, Canada, from October 2nd to 8th in 2017. The data will be used to further develop the judging support system.
With the aim of making the system available for practical use in 2020, the collaborators will acquire data of athletes competing in international competitions and continue development of the system, which will be put to test use at the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, taking place in Doha, Qatar in 2018. Final testing will be completed at the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, taking place in Stuttgart, Germany in 2019. The plan for 2020 is to have a system in place where judges can view information to help settle blocked scores (ones with large deviation between the Apparatus Supervisor and Difficulty Judges) and inquiries, all in conjunction with the Swiss Timing IRCOS system. Beyond 2020, the system is planned to calculate the difficulty and execution scores of exercises. It will bring a new revolution this type of sport evaluation.
This technology has the ability to making judging more accurate while providing greater safety and education for gymnasts. Additional sport presentation information will also be available for enhanced viewing by spectators within the arena, through television, or social media.