IOF statement on mixing contactless punching with contact punching

Posted on | March 23, 2016 | Category: News


With the latest contactless punching control stations (both Emit and SPORTident), a successful punch can be obtained at a small distance using a contactless card. But they can also be punched in the “traditional” fashion using a contact card. For most competitors, contactless punching will save a second or two per control compared with contact punching.

The relevant IOF Commissions (FootO, SkiO, MTBO, IT and Rules) have recently discussed whether any rule changes are needed. In particular, they discussed whether competitors should be allowed to use their contact cards in an event using contactless punching.

They decided that no rule changes are needed at present. They feel that it is obvious that at an event using contactless punching, contactless cards must be available on loan (if necessary for a small fee) for all those who do not have their own contactless card. However, those competitors who wish to use their contact card, perhaps because they feel more confident punching that way, should be allowed to do so.

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