Scientists Detail Electronic Pills Athletes Took During Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/10/2021, 12:10 PM EDT


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has concluded. The biggest sporting festival in the world had a few memorable occurrences in Japan. There have been some interesting facts that have come out as well. One such interesting fact was the use of electronic pills to measure the physical phenomenons of athletes during events.

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Long distance athletes swallowed a pill weighing 1.7 gm running. It took 48 hours for the pill to pass through their system. Scientists used the technology to track real-time features such as body temperature, gait, and more.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s Marathon – Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan – August 8, 2021. General view of the athletes in action REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

It was conducted as a proof of feasibility and it appears to be feasible,” said Sebastian Racinais to Daily Mail. Racinais is the head of the team behind this innovative project.

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It’s just the first step we are doing, but it can become a significant development for real-time monitoring. We are planning to work on a larger scale and we have to work with various federations to see what is doable,” he further added.

Scientists have previously used the same sort of technology at the 2019 Doha Athletics meet. But this is the first time they have used such a facility in a competition to track real-time data. Team Great Britain had taken it into their training camps beforehand with an aim to improve the athletic performances of their members.

Will the technology come to more use after Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Athlete health is a point of concern in today’s world. Obviously, top-level athletes are physically very tough. But some are too tough for their own good. Sometimes they push themselves too much to gain the slightest of competitive advantages. That might prove to be endangering in cases.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase – Round 1 – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Athletes in action in Heat 3 REUTERS/Phil Noble/File photo SEARCH “BEST OF THE TOKYO OLYMPICS” FOR ALL PICTURES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.

The recent cardiac arrest of Christian Eriksen at the Euro 2020 can be taken, for example. The Danish star caused concern among fans and followers of the game with his sudden unfortunate fall on the pitch.

Athletes are often their own worst enemies. They will unwillingly harm themselves to achieve success. But success could involve them crossing the line and putting their health at extreme risk. This technology could protect them from themselves,” pointed out another scientist involved in the project.

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This is a revolutionary addition to sports technology. Only the sky is the limit for the project as there is an expert think tank behind it. What fresh additions they decide to bring in the future remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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