The WBC would like to report the status of the pilot program of noise cancelling headphone used by judges, which has been a clear success.
There are certain factors which could be distractions or unconscious influence for officials such as:
· A very noisy crowd
· TV commentators
· Sitting next to the official
· Fans sitting next to the official
· Music or loud noises
After three months of using the devises in several cities in Mexico, the experience has been extremely positive and the judges have expressed complete satisfaction and ability to concentrate in the actions.
We have received a report from a ring official who is a airplane pilot and it is a fact that pilots use noise cancelling headphones, which allows them to concentrate and maximize their performance.
In summary the WBC strongly recommends all boxing commissions and federations to try the noise cancelling head phones for judges in 4, 6, 8 and 10-round fights and try by experience this proposed implementation.
The WBC would be happy to provide complimentary headphones for your commission to try and use.