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Monday, June 25, 2018

VAR-ious ways new tech impacts the world cup

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excellent point on how technology impacts sport...impact of tech on sport is not confined to just how it aids the sportsman's performance (e.g. better nutrition, better sports equipment and attire and shoes etc.), but also how tech is employed to prevent cheating, hence enhancing fairness:
clearly missed incidents or match-changing decisions, for example violent conduct like a punch off the ball the referee was not able to see."...With greater scrutiny, it is harder to cheat as well.


BUT, note how there is a counterargument on the VAR:
No system is foolproof and it is possible to abuse VAR, noted Aidil..."Some coaches might instruct their players to go down in the box under minimal contact especially when their team is winning," he said. "By making the referee look at the VAR, it is a form of time-wasting."

Qn: ‘Gambling on sport undermines its spirit and should be banned.’ How realistic is this position? (Cam. 2014)