Video system to be launched at China's diving national meet

The first ever video system is to be introduced to help the judges at the upcoming Chinese National Diving Championships to be held here from Oct. 14 to 19, officials from the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) revealed on Tuesday.

The video system is to be used as an additional measurement to help judges giving scores more reasonable without memory bias.

According to Deng Ping, a chief referee of the championships, divers, coaches and officials are very pleased with the reform as the first trial.

Deng said, "Judges will never get a perfect 10 because they have brains. The video system will help us to give fair scores. If it works very well, we plan to launch this officially at the quadrennial National."

It is said the video system will record all the competitor's dives. When scores are made more than one point difference, the video system can be relied on to deal with the controversy.

However, Tian Liang and all the Athens Olympic Games champions who won 6 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze will not compete at the National Diving Championships, because they are lack of practice after returning home.

People's Daily Online ---