Technology will help fans with hearing and vision impairments follow the games in the Paris 2024 stadiums

The Technology will help Activists cheater Hearing and vision impairment In the stadiums, some games are to be followed Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Audio description, vibrating vests, touch tablets: various devices allow fans with disabilities to follow sports events with the rest of the public in various arenas.

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“The ball is sent from the right, it goes in and out of the painted area [o “llave”] And it was Monaco who recovered the ball. The painted area is the bottom rectangle of the basket. In the earpiece, a voice narrates everything happening at the Percy Arena in the French capital to a blind audience.

During the French Cup basketball final at the end of April, several visually impaired fans were able to follow the games on the court thanks to the audio commentary. Equipped with a special device, they can listen to a sports commentator describing the actions, while another voice completes the experience with elements of visual commentary, all within an experience organized by Optic 2000 before the Olympic Games.

“We usually hear the atmosphere, but we don’t know why the public is shouting,” says 31-year-old Sofian Ahmed, who thanks to this technical system, has been able to enjoy rugby or football matches and matches. Sports stadiums.

“This way you feel the energy that spreads when the fans are all screaming together, you’re living in the moment,” he enthuses.

A Shared “Happiness”

Usually, this Paris Saint-Germain fan follows his football club’s matches on the radio, where the commentary is more descriptive than on television.

“I’m building in my head what’s happening on the field,” he says. He played football himself before losing his sight in a road accident when he was 19.

Now he plays football for people who are visually impaired or have lost it. This allowed him to create a community with fans in the same situation, and they often follow the games together, those who can see something on television and those with visual impairments do so on the radio: “It’s nice that we share .”

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Pierre-Marie Micheli, blind from an accident at the age of 25, especially enjoys rugby matches with his father via audio commentary.

The 37-year-old, who practiced rugby and mountain biking before the accident, says: “I enjoyed it as much as I saw it.

He was also able to use a touch tablet with a magnet that moved in time with the ball during a rugby match.

“In real time, I could feel the ball leaving the court with my fingers. This way I could shout at the same time as everyone else,” he explains of this technical device, which is also used in the Olympics.

In a spirited atmosphere, with chants and vuvuzelas in Percy Arena, deaf Kaleth Karras was able to enjoy basketball because of a vest on his back that converts sounds into vibrations.

“I Feel Everything”

“I feel everything: the ball bouncing on the floor, the players’ steps moving, the crowd cheering when a basket is made. The vibrations are different, you have to notice what’s happening to make the connection,” he explains. “I’m completely,” he says, watching the game with a friend. Glad you enjoyed it.

Still less widespread, these devices are mainly used in football, tennis and the Paralympic fields. The associations hope that the Olympics will help speed up its general implementation.

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The organizing committee of the French Olympic and Paralympic Games has explained that six sports (football, athletics, judo, swimming, tennis, equestrian) and ten Paralympic disciplines will have audio commentary at 13 Olympic venues at Paris 2024. Capital.

“We will have 460 hours of audio commentary, and we are targeting the sports that the vision impairment experts have told us are the most interesting,” Paris 2024 Paralympic coordination chief Ludivine Muñoz explained to AFP.

Six event facilities will have touch tablets to follow football, rugby, basketball and the four Paralympic ball sports.

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