The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) has acquired Guyana’s first Fully Automatic Timing System (FATS) that records, produces and pronounces on photo-finishes in athletics. According to long-standing GOA President, K. A. Juman Yasin, the equipment will remain in possession of the Olympic Association and be used upon request.
“We are not really handing over this equipment to the Athletics Association; Guyana’s Olympic Association will determine the use of the equipment whenever it is so requested. It will remain in possession of the GOA,” Yasin told the media yesterday.
The GOA Head said that the equipment was needed at this time given the advent of the Synthetic Track and Field Facility at Leonora. Yasin believes the FATS will be “utilised successfully” and added that it was another landmark development for the sport.
President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson told the media that they are ecstatic to have access to such equipment since it will minimize the errors of time-keepers. It is his belief that the equipment will resolve controversial finishes.
The FATS is International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ratified. According to the IAAF, any record in athletics (World, Olympic, or National) or qualifying time for Olympic Games or World Championships set in a sprint event must be timed by a FAT system to be valid.
The GOA-acquired FAT System came complete with the starting-gun that sends electronic signal to the timing system when fired. It also has the Digital Line-Scan Camera, which is angled across the finish line, and captures as much as 1000 frames per second. (Edison Jefford)
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