Monday, December 4, 2023

Tokyo Olympics: World hockey admits to ‘poor’ video umpire service

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has described as “substandard” the myriad of video review issues experienced so far at the Olympics as world hockey officials defended themselves over the TV production service provided by Tokyo organisers.

In an apologetic email to competing nations in Tokyo, seen by The Hockey Paper, the FIH said the issue had been “challenging” as it grappled to fix the audio and visual problems which saw one match between Great Britain women and Germany held up twice for around five minutes each as the umpire booth searched for clear referral evidence.

FIH sport and development director Jon Wyatt wrote to team officials, admitting that lengthy delays during video umpire reviews were down to “technology issues and not an umpiring one” at these Olympics, overshadowing a system which has been praised in the world game.

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