Twitter blamed for Olympic cyclic coverage issues

July 30th, 2012 - 8:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, July 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The organizers of the Olympic games have blamed Twitter for apparently disrupting the coverage of the cycling road races. The organizers reiterate that viewers of the games were left in dark after the messages, which had been sent electronically earlier failed to reach the intended viewers.

Apparently, the situation was so grave that the BBC commentator was forced to use his own watch to estimate timings. International Olympic committee opined that the electronic transmission was jammed as a result of fans sending updates over Twitter.

The communications director said that from his understanding, he thinks that one of the networks was oversubscribed hence leading to the jamming. He advised that twitter fans should consider sending only updates, which are urgent in order to facilitate the transmission of news.

The jamming made it impossible for the organizers to receive timings because they are usually sent through GPS transmitters which are located on bikes of competitors. The hiccup led to viewers being left in the dark as concerns the coverage of the cycling race.

However, a spokeswoman for the games organizer said that there were timing points which were fixed from the start to finish line. As such, she concluded that the races were not in doubt.

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