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The IOC has established a quota of "E" (press) accreditations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020  which will be distributed by National Olympic Committees (NOC) to press organisations in their country. The total quota has been set at 6,000.  Press accreditation for the Olympic Games is allocated only to media professionals.

Written and photographic press wishing to apply for accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games should contact the National Olympic Committee in the country in which their organisation is based.  Click here for the contact details of your NOC. The accreditation process for non-rights holding radio/television organisations will be managed directly by the IOC. Further details on this process can be found here

The allocation of press accreditations within a country is the responsibility of the National Olympic Committees.  It is not the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee or the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The press accreditation process for Tokyo 2020 will officially start in June 2018 when the IOC will officially notify all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their press accreditation quota allocations.

IMPORTANT KEY DATES

June 2018

IOC notifies all NOCs of their press accreditation allocation for Tokyo 2020

July 2018 – October 2018

Media wishing to apply for press accreditation for Tokyo 2020 should contact their relevant NOC

4 -7 September 2018

First World Press Briefing Tokyo 2020

26 November 2018

Tokyo 2020 distributes the Press by Number Accreditation forms and related press publications to NOCs via their Extranet

29 March 2019

Deadline for NOCs to return the completed Press by Number forms to Tokyo 2020 and inform the press organisations within their territory of their accreditation allocations

21 October 2019

Tokyo 2020 distributes the Press by Name materials to NOCs that have returned their Press by Number forms

5 November 2019

Online system for Press by Name applications opens for NOCs and directly accredited organisations

7 February 2020

Deadline for NOCs and directly accredited organisations to return the Press by Name forms to Tokyo 2020, listing the names of each press representative they have agreed to accredit

April 2020

Tokyo 2020 Accreditation Department distributes the pre-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to National Olympic Committees to send to their press organizations. 

24 June 2020

The pre-valid OIAC will act as a visa into Japan

24 July to 9 August 2020

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

 

Please see below the description for each press accreditation category:

Accreditation category

Description

 E

JOURNALIST: Journalist, editor, photographic editor, employed or contracted by an international or national news agency, a general daily newspaper, a sports newspaper, magazine or internet site, a digital journalist, or independent or freelance journalist under contract.

 Es

SPORT SPECIFIC JOURNALIST:  Journalist specializing in a sport on the Olympic Games program, meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E"

EP

PHOTOGRAPHER: Photographer meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E"

EPs

SPORT SPECIFIC PHOTOGRAPHER:  Photographer specializing in a sport on the Olympic Games program, meeting the same criteria as defined in category "E"

ET

TECHNICIAN:  Technician, meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E"

Ec

SUPPORT STAFF: Support staff (office assistant, interpreter, etc).  Access to Main Press Centre (MPC) only.  Assigned only to press groups or organisations that have reserved a private office space in the MPC

ENR

Non-rights holding broadcasting organisation: Member of a non-rights holding radio and/or television organisation.

Non-rights holding organisations

The application process for non-rights holding radio and television organisations (“ENR Organisations”) who wish to cover the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for news purposes is now closed

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

ENR organisations that have submitted an application by the deadline of 15 March 2019, will be notified of the status of their application by the end of April 2019. Please note that the number of accreditations in this category are very limited and we have received far more requests than available accreditations.

ENR Organisations that are selected by the IOC to proceed with the accreditation process (“Approved ENRs”) will be sent a copy of the News Access Rules applicable to the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 (“News Access Rules”) by the IOC, together with an Undertaking in the summer of 2019. Approved ENR status is subject to the ENR Organisation indicating its acceptance of and agreement to act in conformity with the News Access Rules by signing and returning the Undertaking to the IOC (date to be confirmed).

Approved ENRs will then be referred by the IOC to Tokyo 2020 who, subject to its process, is responsible for processing the accreditations. Tokyo 2020 will send the Approved ENRs the Press by Name documents on 21 October 2019  and the online accreditation system will be available from 5 November 2019. 

The Press by Name accreditation form has to be completed, with the names of the accredited persons nominated by the Approved ENRs to cover the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and returned to Tokyo 2020 by 7 February 2020.  Tokyo 2020 will send the Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) directly to the Approved ENRs in April 2020. 

Key Dates

Accreditation Activity

24 January – 15 March 2019

Submission period for ENR Accreditation on the IOC website www.olympic.org/accred2020

End of April 2019

The IOC will inform both successful and unsuccessful ENR Organisation applicants of its accreditation decision. The IOC will confirm the accreditation quota to the successful ENR Organisations and will send them the News Access Rules and the ENR Undertaking. 
The IOC will also advise all Approved ENRs about the process for reserving accommodation and obtaining the relevant information publications through Tokyo 2020. 

To Be Confirmed

Deadline for Approved ENRs to return the signed Undertaking to the IOC

21 October 2019

Tokyo 2020 will send the Press by Name accreditation documents to Approved ENRs that have returned their signed ENR Undertaking forms to the IOC.

5 November 2019

On-line system for Press by Name applications opens

7 February 2020

Deadline for the return of Press by Name forms to Tokyo 2020.

April 2020

Tokyo 2020 Accreditation Department sends out the pre-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to all accredited ENR Organisations. 

24 July to 9 August 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

 

NEWS ACCESS RULES

To protect the exclusive rights of the Rights Holders, but to also respect the requirements of the Olympic Charter regarding the fullest coverage by the different media and the widest possible audience in the world for the Olympic Games, the IOC recognises the need for broadcast organisations who have not been granted the right to broadcast the Olympic Games (“Non-Rights Holders or Non-RHBs” / “ENR”) to have limited access to Olympic Material, for news purposes, in accordance with the IOC’s News Access Rules (“NAR”).  The NAR applicable to the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 will be available in the summer 2019. In the meantime you can refer to the NARs which were in place for the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 for reference.

These rules apply to all forms of broadcasting, including television (including free-to-air and Pay television, including digital channels, digital multi-channels and services such as “News Active” or “Sports Active”), Internet, Mobile Platform and other interactive media or electronic medium, and radio.

The IOC will directly grant “ENR” accreditation to a limited number of bona fide Non-RHBs for this purpose. These accreditations give access to all Olympic venues but under specific conditions. Non-rights holders are strictly forbidden from taking professional video equipment into Olympic Venues or from filming, recording or broadcasting from within Olympic Venues, except as outlined in the News Access Rules.

Notwithstanding the above, accredited non-rights holders are permitted to take and use professional video equipment into the Main Press Centre (MPC) and may broadcast, via the Internet, all or portions of press conferences that take place in the MPC, without any territorial restrictions, provided that there is a delay of at least thirty minutes from the conclusion of the press conference, as per the rules detailed in the NARs.

ENR accreditations do not qualify for tickets for high demand events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The IOC will strongly protect the exclusive broadcast rights of the Rights Holders. The accreditations of any organisation or person(s) accredited at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 may be withdrawn without notice, at the discretion of the IOC, for purposes of ensuring compliance with the News Access Rules.

The News Access Rules applicable for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be posted here in summer 2019.

 

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact IOC Media Operations who directly manages the ENR accreditation process at media.operations@olympic.org

I am a Japanese journalist/photographer. How do I apply for accreditation?

Accreditation for media organisations based in Japan is allocated by the Japanese Olympic Committee and your organisation should contact them at jp-noc@joc.or.jp (www.joc.or.jp) not the Tokyo Organising Committee.

For all journalists working abroad for example in a bureau, but your organisation is based in another country, then accreditation must be requested by your head office from the NOC of the country in which the organisation is based

Do I need to apply for a visa if I am accredited for the Olympic Games in Tokyo?

If you are granted a media accreditation, and adhere to the timelines, you will receive an Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (OIAC) before the Games.  This will serve as your visa into Japan.

How can I find accommodation in Tokyo?

If your press accreditation is confirmed, the Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic Games will send you a media accommodation guide detailing the accommodation options that are available for accredited media only.  Deadlines apply for reserving accommodation.

Do you provide accreditation for social media or Internet organisations?

Internet and social media are included in the NOC quotas and the same professional standards apply for all applicants.  Internet and new media organisations interested in accreditation for Tokyo 2020 should contact their National Olympic Committee.

What are News Access Rules?

News Access Rules apply to television and radio broadcasting by non-rights holding broadcast organisations (ENRs). Accredited ENRs can access all competition venues and the Main Press Centre, but under specific conditions as outlined in the News Access Rules.

News Access Rules are designed to protect the exclusivity of broadcasters who have paid for rights, while permitting fair access for ENRs to broadcast news highlights for news purposes. The News Access Rules clearly outline the rules that apply to coverage by ENR organisations, as well as venue access rules and restrictions within the Host City.

If your organisation is granted ENR accreditation, it is obliged to sign an Undertaking on behalf of the organisation and all persons accredited by the organisation to abide by the News Access Rules.

If I am granted a non-rights holding ENR accreditation, am I allowed to film in Olympic Venues?

Non-rights holders are not allowed to take professional video equipment into Olympic Venues or from filming, recording or broadcasting from within Olympic Venues as outlined in the News Access Rules.  Accredited non-rights holders are permitted to take and use professional video equipment into the Main Press Centre (MPC) and may broadcast, via the Internet, all or portions of press conferences that take place in the MPC, without territorial restrictions, provided there is a delay of thirty minutes from the conclusion of the press conference.

What are High Demand Events?

When media numbers exceed the seating capacity of the venue media facilities, typically the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the finals sessions of swimming and other specific events or competition sessions, these 'High Demand Events' will be ticketed for the written and photographic press.  The allocation and distribution of tickets to the press for High Demand Events is implemented by IOC Media Operations and is administered through the IOC Media Operations Ticketing Office located at the Main Press Centre.  The IOC distributes the high demand event tickets to nominated delegates from the National Olympic Committees who are responsible for the allocation of tickets.  The specific events that will be ticketed will be announced closer to the Games.

As a non-rights holder, will I have access to all events?

ENR holders do not qualify for tickets for high demand events, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Are accreditations transferable?

Accreditations are not transferable and can only be issued to one person to cover the Games. 

How do I find out more about the facilities and services available to the press at the Tokyo Olympic Games?

Further information is available on Tokyo's extranet
https://tokyo2020-extranet.secure.force.com/press
 Please contact Tokyo Press Operations at pressoperations@tokyo2020.jp for further information

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