THE World Cup 2022 started and the ShowmeCAST 117 is a special episode about the competition. In this week’s episode, we talked about the technologies implemented in the competition to enable one of the hottest regions in the world to host one of the sport’s most important events. Furthermore, we discussed the contrast between technological advancement and social backwardness in view of the choice of Qatar as the tournament host, as it is a country that often lacks respect for basic human rights and has been implicated in charges of crimes against the workers who carried out the work of the event.
ShowmeCAST 117 shows the positive and negative side of the 2022 World Cup where the contrast of Qatar shows us the technological and beautiful side of the country, while hiding its imperfections and social ills. Despite this, we seek to talk about the positive side of the competition that shows us the peak of technology in broadcast and in sports.
Being the first time in history that a World Cup has been held in an Arab country in the Middle East, this year’s event faces several hurdles in its design. The first and most obvious of all are the high temperatures that occur in the country, such that it is necessary to seek solutions that allow greater well-being both for the athletes in the field, as well as for those who are visiting the country to watch the games. .
One of the solutions found was to move the date of the event to the end of the year with the intention of not coinciding with summer in the desert region. However, local temperatures still reach 41°C and a cooling system is needed both in the stadiums and in some open streets.
Thus, an energy plant is installed near the stadiums to bring chilled water in pipes installed at various points of the arena, as well as cold air is pushed to the field and to the stands like large air conditioners. who will perform an acclimatization. In the stadium.
At Showmecast 117 we also talked about Stadium 974, which is completely dismountable and made using metal containers and modular steel structures, so as to allow its dismantling at the end of the tournament. This stadium is an example for other great events in terms of ecology and synthesis of the country’s expenditure on works that will not be reused by the population later.
Finally, the technology that will be seen most by the public is directly linked to sport, namely the ball with real-time connection to VAR and semi-automated offside technology. In the episode, we talked about the need for sensors in the data collection process to automate technological processes that don’t rely on human interference, to help referee decision-making during matches.
With 12 trail cameras for surveillance and a ball with a sensor located inside, we discuss in the episode how far technology can go in sports and how much it takes away some of the human essence from the broadcast. After all, does modernizing the sport add to the spectacle or take away some of the fun?
Finally, on Showmecast 117, we talked about each of the 2022 World Cup groups and the teams most likely to qualify for one of the most different competitions in recent years, precisely because it takes place in a different time of year and coincides with the start of the European football season. In this way, provide a better physical form of the players of the most important selections of the tournament.
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