Facial Recognition Software Used to Crackdown on Marathon Cheaters in China

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  1. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard as it Gets

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    Facial recognition software is being used in China to crackdown on cheating during marathon races. The act of wearing another contestant's bib during a marathon has become a huge problem as a health craze has swept China in last few years. This has made facial recognition software necessary to control cheating as a single half marathon will attract 20,000 contestants. Last year alone 2.8 million people entered marathons, and this has attracted the use of male "ringers" running in place of female entrants, and number switching of bibs as the prize money goes to the top 100 contestants.

    The Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) warned last month that it will serve lifetime bans for marathon cheats following a series of scandals involving unregistered runners taking someone else’s bib. The tough regulations were announced after two runners died at the 2016 Xiamen International Half Marathon in eastern China's Fujian province. One of the runners wore someone else's bib in order to take part. “However, some suspect the surging popularity of marathons is driven by a desire to score social media points rather than love of the sport,” Xinhua added.
     
  2. scojer

    scojer 2[H]4U

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    So if that one runner didn't die, they would have no physical evidence of this?
     
  3. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard as it Gets

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    Well there were the men wearing female contestant numbers. :)
     
  4. DPI

    DPI Nitpick Police

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    How could they tell?
     
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  5. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard as it Gets

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    I was reading a second article and it said that the bib for the female runners was a different color than male runners.
     
  6. scojer

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    As long as the women finished the race, they wouldn't know any different, unless someone snitches on them. And most people know, snitches get stitches.
     
  7. canmanone

    canmanone Limp Gawd

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    can the chinese ever do anything moral these days. why do they have to cheat at everything?
     
  8. ManofGod

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    Unfortunately, cheating in races is not something that happens only in China. However, at least in the USA, some of those cheaters are strange since they do not win anything anyways. Why bother competing if you cannot do it yourself legitimately. As you can tell, I am a racer myself but, I do not cheat, regardless of whether I feel good in a race or if I feel like I am dying.
     
  9. chenw

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    You are talking about a society whose government actively fostered snitches.