Sailing Competition to benefit from Tokyo 2020 5G innovation

A 50-metre floating screen will become a main feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition to heighten the viewing experience for attending fans as part of an innovation project delivered by Tokyo 2020.


In cooperation with Intel Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and NTT DOCOMO, INC., spectators in Enoshima will not only be able to watch the action unfold directly in front them but also experience ultra-realistic communication technology and 12K resolution video that leverages 5G technology.

The floating screen will be prevalent throughout the duration of the Olympic Sailing Competition and will give spectators the sensation of the racing being held right in front of their eyes. A similar broadcast will be provided simultaneously at the Big Sight in Tokyo, the location of the Main Press Centre, aimed at providing the media with a more realistic viewing experience.

Alastair Fox, Director of Events at World Sailing and Technical Delegate for sailing at Tokyo 2020 commented, “This is an exciting innovation and we’re delighted that we’ll be able to showcase the best of 5G technology at the Olympic Sailing Competition.

“Sailing has often been at the forefront of technological advancements, whether that’s the equipment the athletes use themselves, broadcast techniques or the way the boats are tracked, and performance analysed in detail after racing. It lends itself to these advancements and we’re delighted that fans watching ashore will see the athleticism and technical prowess of the athletes competing in high-quality.”

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition commences on 25 July running through to 4 August.