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Is technology ruining sport?

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The Decision Review System is used in cricket (©GettyImages)
The Decision Review System is used in cricket (©GettyImages).

Recently, technology has played a controversial part in big sporting events.

During the Ashes, the Decision Review System (DRS) caused problems and made it more difficult for umpires knowing that their decision is not necessarily final. In Cricket both teams can make two unsuccessful reviews per innings.

When a team has no reviews remaining the pressure is even more on umpires, who know that if their decision is incorrect replays will show everyone, making them look bad. It's the same in Tennis, if Hawk-Eye shows the ball (that had been called out) was actually in it can make players frustrated at line judges.

Review systems also slow the game down, in Cricket it can take two or more minutes for a third umpire to make a decision. This adds to an already long game. 

In Football, Hawk-Eye will certainly make the game fairer but if every decision is correct what will there be to talk about in the morning papers? Personally, I like a bit of controversy in Football, it adds excitement and sparks debate.

When Frank Lampard's goal was not given in the 2010 World Cup it was a huge talking point for weeks. By introducing technology to sport you are making it less exciting. Where will it stop? In the future, will we have robots as referees?

It's not just review systems in athletics and cycling the performance of an athlete can be improved with better clothing and equipment.

This makes it harder for younger athletes who can't afford £200 shoes or a £15,000 bike, to break through in sport. If it continues it may come down which athlete has the better equipment, rather than the athlete with more ability.

This seems wrong, especially in competitions that are supposed to display sporting talent.

Technology is moving on and influencing everyone's life, but I believe there is no place for it in sport. 

 

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