Beijing Marathon Uses Face Recognition to Beat Cheaters

© REUTERS / Jason LeeParticipants run past Tiananmen Square during the annual Beijing International Running Festival and Beijing Half Marathon, in Beijing China April 16, 2017.
Participants run past Tiananmen Square during the annual Beijing International Running Festival and Beijing Half Marathon, in Beijing China April 16, 2017. - Sputnik International
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For Beijing's half marathon scheduled for Sunday, officials plan to use face-recognition software in a bid to stop marathon cheats in their tracks.

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The anticipated 20,000 competitors will be required to scan their biometrics before the race, read an announcement by the General Administration of Sport of China.

Over the years, cheating has unfortunately been a running trend in China's marathons.

To clamp down, Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) released new rules in March that penalize repeat cheaters with a lifetime ban from all marathons, Xinhua reported.

Practices such as hiring ringers and switching numbers bibs have been reported in marathons in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Xiamen.

This article was originally published in the Global Times.

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