Can lie detectors change the way we govern sports events?  

Boxing made the headlines this week after lie detecting technology helped The International Boxing Association (AIBA) find dishonest officials at the World Boxing Championships. We ask what this new technology means for the sports industry, and therefore its future. Lie detector technology may be applied to all future major sporting events. This means the tests will be used similar to existing drugs testing schemes and as a result, become a game changer for the future of sports.

What does having a lie detector test mean?

AIBA World Boxing Championships in Belgrade have asked officials to take voice lie detector tests. The officials have been subjected to military-level tests. The sport are introducing lie detector tests in attempt to rid dishonesty in the judging system. Four officials have been withdrawn from the championships after failing the tests. On the other hand, the same technology has been used in military, diplomatic and insurance sectors. The test works by examining the cognitive functions of the brain. For example, through voice response and how the voice raises slightly upon lying.

How does the test work?

Richard McLaren, whose AIBA-commissioned independent investigation exposed deceit at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said the technology was used in military, diplomatic and insurance sectors, and analysed the “cognitive functions of the brain through voice responses.”

“The technology uses questions such as ‘have you ever cheated in a boxing event?’ With the use of such questions, we measure risk from an individual regarding certain events of control or potential deceit,” he said.

McLaren said that two people put forward for Belgrade were not approved. Two more were removed after follow-up interviews in Belgrade. No official refused to take the tests.

Is the test the future of sporting events?

Officials of similar organisations, are now considering lie detector tests. Therefore, athletes and officials will be vetted for future major sporting events. Organisers believe having a lie detection system in place will stop athletes from cheating, for example drug use. Therefore, it will help make sure the sport is judged fairly and will reduce claims of unfair judging.

In conclusion, it is clear to see that the future is promoting all types of lie detector technology. If you are interested in how a lie detector test can help you, see our FAQ page for more information. Alternatively, you can call our free helpline on 07572 748364.