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IAAF Photo Finish Guidelines

IAAF Photo Finish Guidelines
For IAAF World Athletics Series Competitions April 2010

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IAAF PHOTO FINISH GUIDELINES
1 Introduction The position of an International Photo Finish Judge (IPFJ) was first identified in the IAAF Handbook in 1994. IAAF Rule 118 stipulates that the IPFJ “shall supervise all PhotoFinish functions” but with no other guidelines as to what is expected of that official. This document aims to provide clear guidelines as to the duties to be carried out by the International Photo Finish Judge. This will ensure consistency amongst the IPFJ Panel and ensure that the Local Organising Committees are well aware of the role and responsibilities of this Delegate.

It is recommended thatMember Federations adopt these Guidelines for the organisation of their own athletics competitions.
2 International Photo Finish Judges Panel 2.1 Initially, the practice of IAAF was to appoint as International Photo Finish Judges the National Chief Photo Finish Judges from previous World Championships and other IAAF events. 2.2 After the approval of the International Photo Finish Judges Panel inMarch 2007, appointments to designated IAAF competitions are made from this Panel. 2.3 The deployment of an International Photo Finish Judge is intended to: Add a consistent approach to the reading of photo finish images; Ensure the Technical Rules concerned with photo finish timing are correctly interpreted and implemented; Provide the National Photo Finish Judge with the necessary guidance toperform his duties properly. Responsibilities of the International Photo Finish Judge (IPFJ) 3.1 Before the Competition 3.1.1 The IPFJ should visit the competition stadium one or two days before the start of the event to meet the National Chief Photo Finish Judge (NPFJ) and to ensure that everything is in order. It is very likely that the NPFJ may be relatively inexperienced with the complexity of thetiming equipment to be used at the event. Together with the Timing Service Provider, the IPFJ should ensure the NPFJ understands exactly how the equipment works. 3.1.2 Contact should be made with the Timing Service Provider, as an introduction and to identify the person from the Provider who is in charge of that team. A review of the duties being allocated to those members of the team should beclearly undertaken by the IPFJ. 3.1.3 The IPFJ is to agree which camera shall be designated as “official” (Note to Rule 165.20). Under normal circumstances, this will be the camera located on the outside of the track. Where there are two cameras located on the outside of the track it will be necessary for the IPFJ to decide which is to be designated the “official” camera, leaving the second as aback-up. Naturally, the IPFJ will review the images produced by both cameras, and consider the ability of each camera to react to poor light conditions before identifying which is to be the “official” one. The designated “official” camera should always be used for determining the result unless it is clear that a problem has developed, in which case the back-up camera should then be designated asofficial. Where possible, such change in camera status should only be undertaken at the conclusion of a specific series of races of a particular event.

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The IPFJ will need to confirm whether the cameras in use have an automatic iris adjustment and aligning function. During the Championships, there is a wide range of lighting conditionsbetween morning and evening session, the latter likely to be under floodlights. If such an automatic function is not available, then it will be necessary to enquire how accessible the cameras are to enable manual adjustments to be made, other than during a complete break in the competition sessions. The biggest problem may well lie with the infield camera which, clearly, is not accessible for manual...
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