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The IOC has established a quota of “E” (press) accreditations for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 which will be distributed by National Olympic Committees (NOC) to press organisations in their country. The total quota has been set at 3,000. Press accreditation for the Olympic Games is only allocated to media professionals.

Written and photographic press wishing to apply for accreditation for Beijing 2022 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 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 Beijing 2022 Organising Committee.

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 on the tab “Non-Rights Holding Television and Radio Broadcasting Organisations (ENR)” on this page.

The press accreditation process for Beijing 2022 will officially start by August 2020 when the IOC will officially notify all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of their press accreditation quota allocations.

IMPORTANT KEY DATES

August 2020

IOC notifies all NOCs of their press accreditation allocation for Beijing 2022

September 2020

Media wishing to apply for press accreditation for Beijing 2022 should contact their relevant NOC

9 October 2020

Beijing 2022 distributes the Press by Number Accreditation forms and related press publications to NOCs

16 – 20 November 2020

World Press Briefing Beijing 2022

9 February 2021

Deadline for NOCs to return the completed Press by Number forms to Beijing 2022 and inform the press organisations within their territory of their accreditation allocations

9 June 2021

Beijing 2022 distributes the Press by Name materials to NOCs that have returned their Press by Number forms
Online system for Press by Name applications opens for NOCs and directly accredited organisations

9 September 2021

Deadline for NOCs and directly accredited organisations to return the Press by Name forms to Beijing 2022, listing the names of each press representative they have agreed to accredit

November 2021

Beijing 2022 Accreditation Department distributes the pre-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to National Olympic Committees to send to their press organizations.

4 January 2022

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

4 to 20 February 2022

Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

 

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” (not used for the Winter Games)

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” (not used for the Winter Games)

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. ENR accreditations are only allocated by the IOC. It is strictly prohibited for a NOC to grant a member of an ENR organisation any type of E accreditation

On-line applications for ENR accreditation for non-rights holding television and radio broadcasting organisations to cover the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022 will be available in this section between 6 October and 9 November 2020.

ENR organisations have the full responsibility to apply to the IOC for accreditation within the required period. Applications will close on 9 November 2020 and late applications will not be considered. The IOC will notify all applicants (successful and unsuccessful) in January 2021.

Before receiving an ENR accreditation, non-rights holding broadcasting organisations must indicate their acceptance of the Television and Radio News Access Rules for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2022 by signing an undertaking in advance. Without the signed undertaking, accreditation will not be granted.

Successful applicants for ENR accreditation will receive the Press by Name forms from Beijing 2022 Organising Committee on 9 June 2021. The forms should be returned to them by 9 September 2021. The list of key dates can be found below

The IOC directly manages the ENR accreditation process and any further questions can be directed to media.operations@olympic.org

Key Dates

Accreditation Activity

6 October to 9 November 2020

Submission period for ENR Accreditation on the IOC website www.olympic.org/accred2022

January 2021

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. They will also receive 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 Beijing 2022. 

Date TBC

Deadline for approved ENRs to return the News Access Rules Undertaking to the IOC

9 June 2021

Beijing 2022 distributes the Press by Name materials to NOCs that have returned their Press by Number forms
Online system for Press by Name applications opens for NOCs and directly accredited organisations

9 September 2021

Deadline for NOCs and directly accredited organisations to return the Press by Name forms to Beijing 2022, listing the names of each press representative they have agreed to accredit

November 2021

Beijing 2022 Accreditation Department distributes the pre-valid Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) to National Olympic Committees to send to their press organizations.

4 January 2022

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

4 to 20 February 2022

Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

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

Accreditation for media organisations based in China is allocated by the Chinese Olympic Committee and your organisation should contact them not the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee.

For journalists working abroad (for example in a bureau), but with their organisation based in another country, then accreditation must be requested by their 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 China?

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

How can I find accommodation in China?

If your press accreditation is confirmed, the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter 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 organisations are included in the NOC quotas and the same professional standards apply for all applicants. Internet and new media organisations interested in accreditation for Beijing 2022 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 all or portions of press conferences that take place in the MPC, without territorial restrictions.

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 ice hockey 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 Beijing Olympic Winter Games?

Further information is available on the media section of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee website :
https://media.beijing2022.cn/
Please contact Beijing 2022 Press Operations at pressoperations@beijing2022.cn for further information.

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