World Athletics Championships’ Female Runners Censure Cameras That Stare Up Legs
By Izza Sofia, 10 Oct 2019
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Female athletes have spoken out against new cameras built in starting blocks at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar.
The cameras, which were installed to capture “intense [moments] before a race,” received flak for capturing athletes’ bodies from closeup angles. The equipment was deemed “creepy” as the runners expressed discomfort climbing over the blocks in short bottomwear.
German sprinters Tatjana Pinto and Gina Lückenkemper lodged a complaint to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), explaining that it was “very unpleasant to stand above the cameras.”
Based on the video shown below, the cameras seemed to be located at the front of the blocks and are shown staring up the athletes’ legs.
Lückenkemper called the innovation “stupid” and doubted that “a woman was part of the development.” The runners’ complaints were taken into consideration and the IAAF will begin censoring the cameras.
The IAAF has confirmed that only clips where athletes are already in position will be broadcasted, and unused footage will be deleted every 24 hours.
Female track stars at the world athletics championship have told officials new vision being captured from the starting blocks is too invasive. https://t.co/t8W7XKTmlD— nzherald (@nzherald) October 1, 2019
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