News31 May 2023

World Athletics wins award for online competition platform


Web Competition Information System

World Athletics has been recognised for world-leading innovation in the ‘best digital technology’ category at The Sports Technology Awards for its Web Competition Information System (WebCIS).

WebCIS – developed by World Athletics and content marketing agency Wonderly – is a ground-breaking, online solution that offers real-time event data, video, athlete profiles, infographics and automated commentary to content producers such as broadcasters, commentators and journalists, increasing accessibility while reducing carbon footprint.

The bespoke technology solution is currently being used for all World Athletics Series events, including the World Athletics Championships, and was also available for the athletics competition during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Replacing a legacy system of physical hardware (VLAN cables) and tablets, the new system is accessible anywhere in the world in real time.

“The team is very pleased that the sport industry awarded our Web Competition Information System in the very disputed category of ‘best digital technology’,” said An Dang Duy, Chief Information Officer at World Athletics.

“It has been a truly transversal project, taking input from communications, competition and broadcast. It also leverages the great work from the statistics team and the new performance data we are collecting.

“We are still at the beginning of our digital journey, but we are already proud that features such as live generation of sport commentaries and data infographics have been acknowledged as world premier innovations with a bright future for upcoming major championships.”

Recognised as the leading, international mark of excellence, The Sports Technology Awards celebrates tech-led innovation in sports. The judging panel includes more than 50 industry experts.

“This entry is exciting for many reasons, but its sustainability impact alone is highly commendable,” the judges concluded. “This is clever and provides a smart and sustainable solution to a challenge which all events face. We look forward to seeing its growth.”

Six nominees – World Athletics and Wonderly, Bayes Esports, Kiswe, SponsorUnited, ViewLift, and WSC Sports – were shortlisted in the best digital technology category, before World Athletics and Wonderly were announced as the winners during the awards ceremony in New York.

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