Kerala Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2018: The 66th Nehru Trophy boat race will take place today at Punnamada backwaters in Alappuzha on Saturday. It is usually scheduled every second Saturday in the month of August, but this year it was postponed due to the devastating floods. The race will be inaugurated at 11:30 am by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, who is also the chief guest. Union Minister for Tourism P Sathasivam has been invited as the guest of honor. The final round will begin at 2:30pm and end at 5:30 pm. The last set of the race would also be witnessed by superstar Allu Arjun, who has been invited as a special guest. The highly popular football club team – Kerala Blasters – has also been issued an invite.
For the First Time organizers have adopted the Olympics model tracking and timing system to avoid unnecessary delays. The system was approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations and used in several international athletics events. Organizers have successfully conducted a trial of the new photo finish system.
The new system will provide the results in minutes, seconds and microseconds. The cameras installed at the finishing point are capable of clicking 3,000 to 5,000 frames a second. This will help determine precisely the result of the race, the organizers said.