United World Wrestling, the sport's governing body, has chosen Slomo.tv as its technology partner to provide video refereeing for all matches.
The body has been working with Slomo.tv on the implementation of video refereeing at its international competitions since 2018.
In the last two years, UWW has been using Slomo.tv’s videoReferee-SR systems at competitions including the senior and junior World Championships, senior European Championships, senior Asian Championships, and World Cups in Greco-Roman, freestyle and women's wrestling.
To date, the systems have been deployed at more than 20 world competitions and will be used for the Olympic cycle including next year's games in Tokyo and the 2024 edition in Paris.
Since deciding to implement video-refereeing, UWW tested systems from several manufacturers before selecting Slomo.tv’s technology.
UWW said “the system’s compact size and lightweight was a significant factor needed to transport between competitions in many different parts of the world.”
The video refereeing system has been designed to cover simultaneous matches across multiple mats, and Slomo.tv modified its product to add the ability to cover two independent matches with four cameras each.
Sébastien Guenat, director of IT at UWW, said: “While looking for solutions to increase the fairness of the refereeing during international events, United World Wrestling found Slomo.tv to be the ideal solution. Increasing the numbers of cameras (angles) gave our referees a better tool to make the correct decision. Also, the stability of the system’s software allowed us to respond to 100 per cent of the challenges (replays) requested by the coaches in the last two years.”