Japan to make high-tech bid for 2022 World Cup

2010-05-17 11:04

Japan plans to use its technological expertise to win the right to

host the 2022 World Cup.

Members of Japan’s 2022 World Cup Bid Committee gave a preview

today of some of the advanced technology they plan to use for hosting the soccer

showpiece.

Japan officially submitted its bid to host the 2022 World Cup on

Friday when organisers took their bid book to Fifa in Zurich.

Among the high-tech projects being developed is a broadcast system

that uses 200 high-definition cameras to capture the movement of the ball and

every player on the pitch from all angles in an attempt to put the viewer in the

middle of the action.

A 3D vision system will allow viewers to see the game in 3D on

large flatscreens without the use of goggles.

Fans will receive digital match tickets and be able to navigate

their way around stadiums with a GPS system in a hand-held device.

“We figure it will take about 12 years to fully develop these

technologies,” said professor Jun Murai, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and

Information Studies at Keio University. “Basically we’ve finished the research

phase and by 2016 these technologies should be available for use.”

Japan, which co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea,

initially planned to submit bids for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups but

decided earlier this month to focus solely on the 2022 event.

Fifa will vote on December 2 on who will host the 2018 and 2022

World Cup.

The bidders for either of 2018 or 2022 are: England, Russia, the

United States, Australia plus joint bids from Spain-Portugal and

Netherlands-Belgium. Qatar, South Korea and Japan are only in the 2022

race.

While a dozen existing stadiums would be used if the World Cup were

held here in 2022, the opening and final matches would be played in a proposed

new venue in Osaka.


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