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Asian RC 1: 50% Japan Betting Via Technology
Asian Racing Federation chairman Dr Koji Sato opened the 33rd Asian Racing Federation Conference in Sydney yesterday by commenting that the "rapid internationalisation of racing brought significant benefits for participating counties" & noting: "Now with the spread of the internet, people around the world have access to a wealth of information about horseracing before a race & it is possible to watch footage or results from your home in real time." Dr Sato emphasised the opportunity new technology & multi-media presented for the industry: "In particular there are rapid & drastic changes taking place in relation to the field of information due to increased use & variety of the way that the internet is being used. . . . Over 50% of Japanese Racing Association turnover is done using . . . . (wagering) technology on mobile phones or via a personal computer." And he added: "High Definition television is quickly spreading around the world. I believe those clear images are most suitable for watching horseracing. Through being able to clearly see the vibrant motion of the racecourse, you will be able to re-create the live experience & hopefully this will lure people into wanting to go to a racecourse & watch the real thing."