Female sprinters complain that new starting block cameras show them from intimate angles
- Starting block cameras & # 39; s are meant to capture & # 39; the intense moment & # 39; for a race
- But female athletes say they feel uncomfortable climbing over the cameras
- German athletics bosses have been told that the images are deleted every day
Female athletes have angrily responded to new close-up cameras at the World Athletics Championships that they say show their bodies from intimate angles.
The miniature camera & # 39; s in the starting blocks of the athletes are meant to capture & # 39; the intense moment just before a race & # 39 ;.
But women say the camera makes them uncomfortable because they have to climb over it in the moments prior to a race.
A German athlete, sprinter Gina Lückenkemper, told Bild: & # 39; Was a woman involved in the development of this camera? I do not think so. & # 39;
Some photos of the newly introduced starting block camera in a 100-meter heat at the World Athletics Championships
The German sprinter Gina Lückenkemper (left at the starting block) said the cameras make her uncomfortable because she has to climb over the intrusive camera just before a race. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is on the right, who eventually won the 100m competition
She went on: & # 39; I find it very uncomfortable to climb over this camera with skimpy clothing to go to the starting block. & # 39;
Tatjana Pinto, another German competitor at the championship this week in Doha, has also complained about the new cameras.
As a result, German athletics bosses demanded that the images would only be shown if the runners were already on the starting blocks.
Moreover, the camera images are deleted every day, the German authorities are reassured.
The IAAF governing body heralded the & # 39; innovative & # 39; new camera angle when they announced the introduction earlier this month.
& # 39; Athletic fans around the world will be closer to the action than ever before & # 39 ;, they promised.
An IAAF official apparently found that & # 39; the audience missed a crucial moment of the drama by not being able to see the faces of the athletes at the start of the sprint race & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The new cameras within the blocks will capture that intense moment just before a race & # 39 ;, said IAAF director James Lord.
The British Dina Asher-Smith, who won silver last night in the 100 m final, is seen up close from one of the & # 39; innovative & # 39; new camera & # 39; s
The women's 100 m final is viewed from above, with the athletes on the right and the starting blocks with their new cameras & # 39; s on the left
The IAAF has already been hit by controversy over hosting the athletics championships in Qatar.
Former long-distance champion Haile Gebrselassie said: & # 39; It was a mistake to lead the championship in such hot weather in Doha, especially the marathon race & # 39 ;.
"God forbids it, but people may have died while running in such weather conditions," Gebrselassie said.
The women's marathon on Friday started at midnight to avoid the worst heat, but was still kept in humidity, making it feel like 105F.
Twenty-eight of the 68 women dropped out of the race and one was briefly taken to the hospital.
There is also criticism of the empty seats in the stadium, with apparently no fewer than 1,000 people in the ground for the women's 100 m final last night.
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