Facial recognition to be used in China marathon
30 November 2018 16:51 GMT

The organisers of a marathon in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan Province, will use facial recognition to vet runners and match their faces with their IDs to prevent cheating.

"Competitors must carry a valid ID and carry out verification through the facial identification system," Xinhua reported quoting organizers.

The new technology is expected to ensure runners won't take shortcuts or have others run on their behalf.

The marathon in Kunming will be comprised of four categories: full marathon (42.195 km), half-marathon (21.0975 km), healthy run (5 km) and family run (2.018 km).

Organizers say a total of 41,000 runners from 51 countries and regions have registered to take part in the event, including over 6,000 runners in the full marathon.