Meet Usain ‘Bolts’.

James Bradley.

A new Olympics is being planned by China next year for robots.

The event will be held in the north-eastern city of Harbin.

Harbin is home to the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) which already boasts a successful robotic football team.

The competition is only open for humanoid robots, which means that to enter the robots must be human shaped, with two legs and two arms.

This is a change from many other robot competitions which sees a multitude of differently shaped robots depending on the task needing done.

Such as with the ‘Robogames’ which sees a multitude of differently shaped robots taking part in competitions.

According to Hong Rongbing a professor for HIT there events will include; dancing, combat, athletics as well as some non traditional events such as cleaning and medical care.

He went on to say that the aim of the competition is to push forward innovation and make robots more flexible and more intelligent.

The competition will test the robots on their ability to do tasks as well as gauging their intelligence and movement.

Over 100 teams are expected to enter the competition with over 20 countries being represented in over 16 events.

There have been an influx of different robot orientated competitions in the last few years, with a robotic world cup, and even an ‘exotic’ robot competition which replaces traditional sports and tests robots on their ability to mix drinks and smoke cigarettes.

There are even robot driving events where cars are programmed to drive through certain conditions over lengths of road to gauge their performance.

However the robot Olympics will have face their strongest competition from the ‘Robo games’ which has been seen as the highest form of organised competition for robots in the last few years.

Tall and Talented

By Tracy Norris

Are you exceptionally tall and athletic?Tall and Talented

Do you dream of being on the Olympic podium?

Then you just might have what it takes to compete for Great Britain in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

UK Sport launched Tall and Talented today.  The programme is looking for athletes who might be capable of winning medals in sports such as rowing and basketball, where height is a real advantage.

You may never have tried these sports before, but don’t let that put you off.  Many of the athletes discovered in a similar talent hunt just 2 years ago, are looking forward to competing in London in 2012 in sports they had never tried before their potential was spotted.

One such athlete is 21 year old Samantha Fowler from Glasgow.  She had reached county level at high jump and badminton but is set to row for Great Britain at the Olympics in 2012.  “Although

Samantha Fowler, Olympic rowing hopeful for 2012

Samantha Fowler, Olympic rowing hopeful for 2012

training is hard and requires immense commitment, I am taking a step closer to getting to the Olympics every day” she says.

So, if you are aged 15-20, over 5’11” (females) or 6’3″ (males), already competing at county level or above in any sport and think you have what it takes, then apply online at www.uksport.gov.uk/talent by 16 November.

As Fowler says “Tall and Talented is a once in a lifetime opportunity…you have nothing to lose”.

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