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Omega on the starting blocks for a massive year of Olympic sport

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2020 is a massive year for Omega and its authorized dealers, with the Tokyo Olympic Games in the summer and the new James Bond movie hitting theaters in April.

But first the watchmaker is limbering up this week as Official Timekeeper of the Youth Olympic Games, which kick off in Lausanne, just an hour up the road from Omega’s new headquarters in Bienne, Switzerland.

It is the sixth time that Omega has been Official Timekeeper at the Youth Olympics, which welcomes around 1,880 young athletes from 70 nations to compete in 81 winter events.

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Timekeeping technology never stands still, and Omega says it will be using the very latest gadgetry including a Scan’O’Vision MYRIA photofinish camera, which can take 10,000 digital images per second on the finish line of races.

In all, the company says it has installed 60 tons of equipment including scoreboards, starting gates and photoelectric cells.

Omega has been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games 28 times since 1932 and has already committed to the role through to 2032, making it a 100 year association.

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