Tokyo Olympics: During knock-out archery matches, cameras will be used to monitor stress

Stress levels and pulse rate could be seen live on TV during the elimination stages of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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Deepika Kumari, the world’s number one archer, has always struggled with stress during the Olympics. Her stress level and pulse rate could be seen live on TV during the elimination stages of the 2020 Tokyo Games at Yumenoshima Park.

This is one of the firsts that the sport will see at the Games, which begin on Friday. According to a World Archery official, the archers’ pulse rate would be measured by the cameras for the first time and streamed live to the fans as part of Panasonic’s heartbeat monitoring innovation. Call it good or bad, but the archers would not be able to see the data because it would only be for the viewing pleasure of TV viewers.

“Camera will check changes in the colour and shape of the skin on the face caused by blood pumping. From this, we can determine the heart rate and from that the stress levels,” the official told PTI.

World Archery has performed private trials but they have not been broadcasted. Deepika, India’s biggest medal prospect, was eliminated in the first round of the London Olympics, and in the third round of the Rio Olympics five years ago, she succumbed to pressure once again with a straight-set loss.

Among other firsts, in the event of a pandemic, each of the 64 archers in the qualifiers would have their own targets to maintain physical distance. Archery will be the first sport to use live biometric data at the Olympics this time.

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