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Hawk-Eye technology enhancing challenge system

Official review was shown in the big screen of the stadium.

Tokyo, Japan, August 20, 2014 - The challenge system is proving a big hit with players, coaches and fans alike.

Following the successful implementation of the challenge system at last year's FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Sapporo, Hawk-Eye technology is being used with it at this year's World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo. They system has also been expanded to included more elements.

Starting with Thursday's play at this year's World Grand Prix Finals in Tokyo, teams can now contest net touches, foot service faults, attack line faults and penetration of the centre line. The decision was announced in a statement by Control Committee President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.

Challenges using Hawk-Eye technology were first introduced in tennis several years ago.

"We are testing the Hawk-Eye here to make our sport more precise, more accurate," Marte Hoffiz said Thursday. "We are going step-by-step. There are a lot of possibilities."

Marte Hoffiz says the challenge system is an ongoing process.

"We are working with the referees to help make our sport more perfect, with less errors."

Under FIVB rules, each nation is allowed two challenges per set.

Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek is a big supporter of the challenge system.

"I'm a big fan of it. It increases fair play," he said on Thursday. "It is impossible for the referee to see everything. The human eye is not perfect."

Vande Broek would like to see the system expanded even more.

"I would like to see it increased to included touch blocks and touch balls," he commented.

Russian captain Ekaterina Kosanenko also weighed in with her support.

"The players like it," she noted. "We can redo the points if we have to."

Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes believes that the challenge system is mandatory in the present day.

"I like it very much," he stated. "With the technology that we have now it is necessary. It is a helpful tool for the referees."

Belgium captain Charlotte Leys is another backer of the system.

"I think it is good," she said. "If the referee makes a mistake, they can check it."


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