By Marzella Sigai
With cameras in the starting blocks peering up the legs of athletes into their eyes, television viewers have been taken closer to the action than ever before at the world championships.
Just too up close and personal for some athletes.
For others, the perceived invasion of privacy was not a laughing matter. The backlash against the intrusive angles started as soon as athletes started to receive images from the “crotch cams.”
An official complaint came from the German track and field federation. It led to the competition organizers rolling back the use of the cameras that were introduced in Doha as part of a technology push to attract new viewers. They’ve also introduced pre-race dimming of the lights and graphics being projected on the track
The IAAF installed the two miniature cameras in the starting blocks to capture what it called the “explosion of energy” from athletes who were only previously seen from above or the side of their heads.
Offering new camera angles, though, will count for little it the actual competition is not a spectacle. -AP NEWS