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New technologies will help to deal with runners-cheaters in marathons in China

Face recognition technology will help prevent cheating in the Hangzhou International Marathon, which starts on 4th of November along West Lake and the Qiantan River. According to China Daily, Alisports, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, is developing and implementing the technology. The first marathon cheating was recorded in 2016. As it turned out, some runners were impersonating other people. They were banned from competing for two years.

According to the general manager of the Alisports marathon project Yan Yun, in addition to testing athletes, the company will introduce several new technologies at the competitions. In particular, the Ledongli fitness app for Android in the 2018 update includes a game based on a marathon course and 20 tasks on knowledge of nature, culture and cuisine of Hangzhou. The winners of the virtual contest will share the prize fund.

Another application specifically designed for the marathon will allow the participant to share their progress in real time with friends and receive support comments sent via voice communication. In addition, Alisports will monitor the heartbeat of the runners.
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