Saturday 20 January 2018

Spectators can 'ear' all about it

TWO of Ireland's first athletes into competition, badminton's Chloe Magee and judoka Lisa Kearney, needn't fear that spectators watching them will not understand the intricacies of their sports -- the crowd will be able to get live in-ear radio commentary.

The system, which copies the ref-link used at rugby internationals, is being introduced for the first time.

There is live commentary across the tannoy at most Olympic events but this is being trialled after a public survey asking the public what innovations they'd like to see.

The radios will cost £10 but, once purchased, can be used at 12 different sports: athletics, rowing, mountain-bike, judo, canoe slalom, BMX, fencing, table tennis, rhythmic gymnastics, badminton and wrestling.

Questions were asked yesterday as to why the main announcer for one of the Olympics marquee events -- track and field -- will be a Canadian, and not a British voice, reportedly against the wishes of the London organisers (LOCOG).

A LOCOG spokesman said: "When it comes to athletics, the International Athletics Federation have a specific regulation which allows them to select the in-house announcers. That's a unique athletics rule."

Irish Independent

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