Olympic Committee Reveals Plans for Integrating AI Into Sports as it Prepares for Paris Games

By Trisha Andrada

Apr 19, 2024 01:51 PM EDT

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) joined the worldwide scramble to take advantage of the quickly developing technology by announcing on Friday, Apr. 19, their intentions to employ artificial intelligence (AI) in sports.

In a news conference held at the site of the 2012 Summer Games in London, IOC President Thomas Bach emphasized the need to take the lead in bringing about needed change. "Today , we are making another step to ensure the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and the relevance of sport. To do this, we have to be leaders of change," he said, according to Fox News.

IOC President, Thomas Bach delivers the closing speech during the Olympic AI Agenda event at Lee Valley VeloPark in east London on April 19, 2024. The Olympic AI Agenda is the third in a trilogy of strategy documents launched under Thomas Bach's presidency, and presents the envisioned impact that artificial intelligence can deliver for sport.
(Photo : BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

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IOC Unveils AI Plans as It Gets Ready to Host Paris Olympics

The Committee laid forth a plan to use AI as it prepares to host the Paris Olympics, which begin in late July. Officials have said that it has the potential to enhance judging, assist in finding talented athletes, and tailor training programs to each individual.

As part of its AI strategy, the Committee intends to use the technology to shield athletes from cyberbullying and assist broadcasters in making the games more enjoyable for home viewers.

"We are determined to exploit the vast potential of AI in a responsible way," Bach pointed out.

Notably, the organizers have already caused a stir with their intentions to use AI for security. The proposal involves a video monitoring system that uses AI-powered cameras to identify possible security hazards, such as abandoned packages or crowd surges.

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