Tokyo Video games cameras to deal with sporting efficiency


Protection of the Tokyo 2020 Video games by the official Olympic broadcaster will focus solely on athletes’ performances and undertake a extra gender-neutral strategy to filming than might have been the case prior to now, its CEO stated on Monday.

The Olympic Broadcasting Companies (OBS) produces the visible feed distributed to all broadcasters world wide. OBS CEO Yiannis Exarchos stated the main target in Tokyo, with the Video games having began on Friday, was solely on the athletes’ sporting performances.

On Sunday, the German girls’s gymnastics group determined to put on full-body fits on the Video games as a substitute of gymnastics leotards, to counter what they stated was the sexualisation of their sport and to advertise freedom of selection, encouraging girls to put on what makes them really feel comfy.

Exarchos stated whereas the OBS was not answerable for what athletes wore, it had deliberate its protection in such a approach in order to not reinforce any gender stereotypes.

“As broadcasters we don’t give directives about what the athletes ought to put on,” Exarchos stated.

“What we will do is to ensure our protection doesn’t spotlight or function in any explicit approach what persons are carrying and whether or not the garments they’re carrying spotlight explicit components of the physique that must do with stereotypes.”

Up to now, broadcast protection of some sports activities corresponding to gymnastics and seaside volleyball, the place feminine athletes’ leotards and bikinis cowl much less of the physique than that of male rivals, was criticised as stereotyping feminine athletes.

“You’ll not see in our protection some issues that we now have been seeing prior to now, with particulars and close-ups in components of the physique or parts that talk about sexuality or some other sort of stereotyping of gender,” Exarchos stated.

Earlier this month Norway’s seaside handball group was fined 1,500 euros ($1,764) for what the European Handball Federation stated was improper apparel. The ladies had determined to put on shorts as a substitute of bikini bottoms at a European championship match in Bulgaria.

Norway’s sports activities minister known as the choice “ridiculous” and urged a change in perspective.

“It is rather vital the way you inform the story and the way you insist on which particulars, and the main points we insist on is the sporting prowess of the athletes,” Exarchos stated.

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