A marathon in Yunnan province this Sunday will have an unusual kind of referee policing its runners: facial recognition technology.
The tech is a response to embarrassing headlines from last week’s half-marathon in Shenzhen, at which over 200 runners cheated, AFP reported. Many took shortcuts, while others found athletes to run in their place.
Runners at the Kunming Marathon are expected to number over 6,000. They will be required to bring valid ID and register with a “facial-identification” system, Xinhua said.