Zurich, March 30 (QNA) – The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 is set to be the most inclusive edition of the tournament to date. Another step building towards that important goal has been taking place this week in Australia and New Zealand.

For the first time, blind and partially-sighted football fans will have the opportunity to receive a detailed account of the on-field action, while also taking in the atmosphere with their fellow supporters in the stadiums during Australia & New Zealand 2023.

Known as Audio Descriptive Commentary (ADC), the dedicated accessible service has been in operation during recent FIFA World Cups including Qatar 2022 in the respective local languages.

Two-day training programmes in ADC are taking place in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau this week and next week. Aspiring ADC commentators were put through their paces with special training focussing on additional narration that describes all significant visual information during the match, such as body language, facial expression, scenery, action, clothing, colours and anything else that might be important to convey context.

Specialised ADC Instructor Alan March said the method follows a traditional radio style: “If you watch football on TV the images do the talking, so the commentator can allow the images to talk for them, in audio description, thats not possible. We have to follow the ball. We have to follow the movement. We have to track it as far as we can.

“Radio has manoeuvred its way away from being over-descriptive into more of a TV style, so we feel that ADC is something that combats that.” He added. (QNA)


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