LONDON (AP) — Medieval is meeting modern as English Heritage tests video review technology for jousting.
English Heritage, a charity that manages monuments and castles, says accuracy is vital in jousting, a sport in which participants on horseback charging at speeds up to 48kph win points by using 3.7-metre lances to strike parts of the shield or helmet of their opponent.
Organisers hope that technology will lead to more precision in scoring. English Heritage’s Emily Sewell said determining a score “currently requires our Knight Marshall to accurately observe the location of each hit every time, which is quite a challenge”.
The recent trial took place at Pendennis Castle in Cornwall.
English Heritage is campaigning to have jousting be recognised as an Olympic sport.