United World Wrestling deploys Video-refereeing across all matches

The international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling, United World Wrestling (UWW) has selected slomo.tv as its technology partner for video-refereeing.

Based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, UWW includes representatives from 176 national federations and its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics. It presides over international competitions for various forms of wrestling, including Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling for men and women, as well as others.

For the last two years, UWW has been cooperating with slomo.tv on the implementation of video-refereeing at its international competitions. To date, the systems have been deployed at more than 20 world competitions and will be used for Olympic cycle through 2024.

After making the decision to implement video-refereeing, UWW tested systems from various manufacturers before selecting the videoReferee -SR. The system’s compact size and light weight was a significant factor needed to transport between competitions in many different parts of the world.

Greco-Roman, freestyle and women’s wrestling competitions have unique features, so the requirements for video judging differ from other sports, such as ice hockey, basketball and handball that use the technology. It is frequent for competitions to have simultaneous matches on nearby mats, so the video-refereeing system needs to cover two mats, each with four cameras. In response, slomo.tv modified the videoReferee-SR system, designed to work with 8 HD cameras, adding the ability to cover two independent matches with four cameras each by one compact 1U server.

“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% of the challenges (replays) requested by the coaches in the last two years,” explained Sébastien Guenat, director of IT department at UWW.

Since 2018, the International Federation has been actively using videoReferee-SR systems at all international competitions, including the Senior and Junior World Championships 2018 and 2019, Senior European Championships 2019, Senior Asian Championships 2019 and World Cups 2018 and 2019 in Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Women’s Wrestling.

Positive users experience and comfort with the equipment throughout this period a key driver for purchasing additional systems: now UWW has five such systems.

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