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How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Athletes in Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Global Tech Outlook analyses how Artificial Intelligence is helping athletes in Tokyo Olympics 2020

The most popular international multi-sport event known as the 2020 Summer Olympics or Tokyo Olympics 2020 is set to be held from July 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Multiple athletes represent their countries to bring Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their countries. This can only be achieved through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in sports technologies. Tokyo Olympics 2020 is set to utilise all kinds of smart functionalities of Artificial Intelligence to help world-leading athletes win multiple medals and make the countries proud. AI in the Olympics will help athletes achieve their dreams efficiently and effectively from July 23, 2021. Meanwhile, the global Artificial Intelligence in the sports industry is predicted to hit US$3.3billion in 2026 with a CAGR of 33%. Let’s explore how Artificial Intelligence is helping athletes to win in Tokyo Olympics 2020 through cutting-edge sports technologies.

Tokyo has a plan to utilise Robotics to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of the Olympic games through remote-controlled Artificial Intelligence-based vehicles. These vehicles are known as the Field Support Robots (FSR) that utilise cameras and sensors to return the items to the athletes who will be waiting for their next attempts in the Olympics village. This decision is made to reduce the number of human volunteers and workers due to the strict regulations and protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be two kinds of robots— Human Support Robot (HSR) to guide spectators to individual seats as well as Delivery Support Robot (DSR) to bring snacks and merchandise. Toyota has developed a robot mascot that uses facial recognition to detect visitors. Another humanoid robot known as T-HR3 will be there to provide an immersive experience with the Olympic Stadium atmosphere.

Intel has announced that it will use Artificial Intelligence software to track and monitor certain aspects of performances of athletes in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Intel and Alibaba partnered to launch a 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) to use Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to showcase real-time data during races.

Athletes are utilising a video analytics system to evaluate performances and make adjustments for future improvements along with Augmented Reality glasses to observe physical components like heart rates, strengths, fitness and other medical information. They are also using biomechanics and data analysis to quantify as well as examine the techniques, coach’s pieces of advice and many more. It also helps to measure the necessary forces require to impose on a body. Wearable sports technologies are helping coaches to monitor performance amidst the pandemic with a supply of sufficient necessary real-time data to provide important pieces of advice to athletes.

The sports industry has also started introducing modern and smart apparel for athletes with the latest innovations to boost performances on fields. There are 3D printed shoes that offer better protection and tailored fit to provide more comfort during matches. Tech-race swimsuits are also available to reduce swimmer’s drag in the water.

Cutting-edge technologies are enhancing the experience for athletes, attendees, staff and many more associated with the sports industry. Sports technology has become an essential part of athletes’ preparations and performances in crucial games. Multiple sports governing bodies have allowed Olympic athletes to use disruptive sports technologies for better performances.

But it has created a bridge between well-funded countries and developing countries. This policy of using the rising sports technologies can create a danger to the upcoming sport events because it will fail to bridge a gap among developed, developing and under-developed countries. The sports industry does not promote gender inequality and should consider equal opportunities for all nations to utilise these advanced sports technologies for better performance.