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PRESS ACCREDITATION FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020

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 started in 2018 and was due to be finalised in February 2020.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Games were postponed and will take place from 23 July 2021 to 8 August 2021.

Accreditations already allocated to organisations by the NOCs will remain available for the rescheduled Games in 2021.  From June 2020 Tokyo 2020 will contact each NOC individually regarding the next phases of the accreditation process and to finalise the Press by Name procedure for 2021.  The final deadline to submit all information is 19 February 2021.

IMPORTANT KEY DATES- NEW

Key Dates

Accreditation Activity

June 2020

Start of Press by Number re-confirmation with NOCs

Press by Name (2020 submissions) review with all organisations

28 August 2020

Deadline for Press by Number re-confirmation and Press by Name (2020 submissions) review for NOCs

September 2020

Addendum to Press and Photographers Accreditation Manual and associated registration materials sent to NOCs and Directly Accredited Press Organisations

From late September 2020

Press by Name applications re-opens for submission of new applications (after organisation acknowledges validity of existing Responsible Organisation Undertaking)

19 February 2021

Deadline for submission of all Accreditation applications

April 2021

Tokyo 2020 Media Accreditation Department distributes the pre valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card to NOCs to send to their accredited press organisations

23 July to 8 August 2021

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contact NOCs and directly accredited organisations regarding the detailed process for 2021.

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". Please find here the Tokyo 2020 Photographers Undertaking.

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 closed

ENR organisations applied directly to the IOC for accreditation. The deadline to receive all applications was 15 March 2019 and the final date for submitting all accreditation information from accredited organisations was February 2020. 

Due to the global Covid -19 pandemic, the Games were postponed and will take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021. 

Accreditations already allocated to ENR organisations by the IOC will remain available for the rescheduled Games in 2021. Tokyo 2020 will contact each ENR individual organisation that is already accredited from June 2020 regarding the next phases of the process and to finalise the Press by Name for 2021.  Please see the new timelines below

ENR Organisations that have been selected by the IOC to proceed with the accreditation process (“Approved ENRs”) will be sent a copy of the News Access Rules for Tokyo 2020 (“News Access Rules”) by the IOC, together with an Undertaking, date to be confirmed. 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. 

IMPORTANT KEY DATES – NEW

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 informed both successful and unsuccessful ENR Organisation applicants of its accreditation decision.

June 2020

Press by Name (2020 submissions) review with all ENR organisations

28 August 2020

Deadline for Press by Name (2020 submissions) review for ENR organisations

September 2020

Addendum to Press and Photographers Accreditation Manual and associated registration materials sent to ENR Organisations

From late September 2020

Press by Name applications re-opens for submission of new applications (after organisation acknowledges validity of existing Responsible Organisation Undertaking)

19 February 2021

Deadline for submission of all Accreditation applications

April 2021

Tokyo 2020 Media Accreditation Department distributes the pre valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card to accredited ENR organisations

23 July to 8 August 2021

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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”).

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 are available here but will be updated for 2021. The Undertaking will be sent to ENR organisations for signature in spring 2021.

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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