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Underwater digital lap counters will be used for 800m and 1500m freestyle races. Pictured: A general view of the swimming pool of Pinheiros club, where the Chinese Olympic team will be training before the Rio Olympics, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 1, 2016.Reuters

The Rio Olympics is just round the corner, and athletes all around the world are practicing to win their respective events. The organisers, on the other hand, are putting their best foot forward to make this Olympics in Brazil athlete-friendly via good use of recent advancements in technology.

A number of sportspersons will be making their first-ever appearance in the Rio Olympics, likewise, there are some technologies which are going to debut in the quadrennial event.

Here is a look at all the major advancements of technologies, which will be used in the event in Rio.


An electronic system will be used in the event for the first time, which is for sure going to excite the fans, who will get to know about the score two seconds after the arrow strikes the target. Now, be ready for all the 'oohs and aahs' as the crowd will react as per the scores reflected on the electronic system.


Even a sport like swimming will use technology to aid athletes. Underwater digital lap counters will be used for 800m and 1500m freestyle races, which would mean that the swimmers can just simply concentrate on swimming, and not think about the laps that they have completed. This will be reflected in the system, placed at the bottom of each lane.


Video reviews are set to be used for close line calls in Volleyball, and the players can challenge the call given by the referee, who can forward the decision to another referee. Television clips will be used to come up with an accurate call.


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It is not only the athletes, who will get to use technology to their advantage, but also spectators, who can follow each and every movement of the weightlifters on the platform via camera dolly.


Laser technology will be used in the scoring system. Also, all the guns that are going to be used in the Rio Olympics will have special Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, which will help locate its exact location.


Now, this technological device worn in the form of bracelet can be used by people in Rio. It will act as a contactless payment card, which can be used for buying various products in Olympic venues.

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