Computerised gymnastics judging scoring system implementation – an exploration of stakeholders’ perceptions

Allen, E, Fenton, A ORCID: and Parry, K 2021, 'Computerised gymnastics judging scoring system implementation – an exploration of stakeholders’ perceptions' , Science of Gymnastics Journal, 13 (3) , pp. 357-370.

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Gymnastics is one of the original Olympic sports, subjectively judged by humans. Judging errors and bias can occur, resulting in medals being incorrectly awarded. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) with Fujitsu are introducing the computerised gymnastics judging support system (CGJSS), a technology aimed to enhance fairness and accuracy but there is very little literature evaluating this technology and perceptions. This project aimed to explore stakeholders’ reactions at this critical time and therefore, interviews were conducted with coaches, judges, media, former and current international gymnasts. The findings concurred with the literature review of judging problems with the current system, including bias and subjectivity. New findings included that gymnasts scores can differ depending on which round they compete in. The findings also suggest that the CGJSS would be a great innovation for gymnastics to improve credibility by removing bias and helping to make the sport more objective. However, the majority of the participants believed it could not judge the artistry element of the sport. Close monitoring of the effectiveness of the CGJSS is therefore required to identify enhancement and to ensure the investment produces fairer, more reliable and credible results. Successful implementation of the CGJSS could also allow it to be introduced into other subjectively judged sports.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Science of Gymnastics Journal
Publisher: Department of Gymnastics, Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana
ISSN: 1855-7171
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Depositing User: Dr Alex Fenton
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 09:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:12

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