Jul 22, 2021 – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and OMEGA Timing CEO Alain Zobrist met in Tokyo to kick off OMEGA’s presence in Tokyo as the brand begins its role as Official Timekeeper.
Global Olympic partner OMEGA is set to unveil revolutionary motion detection and positioning systems at this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with the Official Timekeeper giving fans a whole new understanding of how each athlete performs.
Building on the company’s long heritage of innovation in Olympic timekeeping, which dates back to the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932, OMEGA’s latest technologies will enable the collection of a full range of real-time data. during events, providing athletes, coaches and fans with more comprehensive information than ever before. .
“The Olympic Games are about sport, and sport is about results. Without OMEGA, there are no results, ”said President Bach. We have formed a friendship with OMEGA and we are always excited about how OMEGA is advancing timing and adapting it to the new world we live in. We have the same interests: to serve the athletes, to enrich their experience and to enrich the experience of fans around the world. ”
In track and field, for example, athletes will be fitted with motion sensor labels on their starting numbers, which will interact with receivers around the track.
OMEGA will then be able to provide real-time information, such as live positions during races, live speed, acceleration, deceleration and total distance.
In swimming, meanwhile, image tracking cameras around the pool will be used to track the exact movements of each swimmer and provide similar data including stroke count and distances between swimmers.
Image tracking cameras will also be used in beach volleyball, providing detailed information on how each point was scored, including ball speed and how high players jumped for each stroke.
A slightly different technology will be used in gymnastics – known as pose detection. This incredibly advanced system records the complete movements of each athlete and will also be used as a judging tool for the judges.
OMEGA’s latest innovations will also be seen in equestrian events, with special post-action image tracking technology and laser detection used to locate horse movements. This will provide data such as flight time and trajectory on jumps and the runner’s exact trajectory around the course.
Tokyo 2020 will be the 29the time OMEGA has acted as the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, with the company ready to measure every second of action across 339 events in 33 sports. This monumental task will require 400 tonnes of equipment, 530 timekeepers and professionals on site, 900 trained volunteers, 350 sport-specific scoreboards, 85 public scoreboards and around 200 km of cables and fiber optics.
OMEGA’s state-of-the-art motion detection and positioning systems for Tokyo 2020 follow the introduction of equally groundbreaking innovations in previous editions of the Olympic Games.
These include the introduction of swimming touchpads at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, allowing swimmers to “stop the clock” when they finish, and the first false start detection device in track and field, which has was introduced at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
In 2017, OMEGA extended its global Olympic partnership with the IOC until 2032, when the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary since the start of its relationship with the Olympic Games.