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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

19 - 22 October 2020

Remote Online Session - World Press Briefing Beijing 2022

18 - 22 January 2021

On-site Venue Tour - 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

 NON-RIGHTS HOLDING TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCASTING ORGANISATIONS (ENR)

On-line applications for ENR accreditation for non-rights holding television and radio broadcasting organisations to cover the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022 is now closed and no further applications can be considered. 

The IOC will notify all applicants that applied between 6 October and 9 November 2020 regarding the status of their application by the end of January 2021.

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 Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 by the IOC, together with an Undertaking in the autumn of 2021. 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 Beijing 2022 who, subject to its process, is responsible for processing the accreditations. Beijing 2022 will send the Approved ENRs the Press by Name documents on 9 June 2021.

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 Winter Games Beijing 2022, and returned to Beijing 2022 by 9 September 2021.  Beijing 2022 will send the Olympic Identity and Accreditation Cards (OIAC) directly to the Approved ENRs in November 2021. 

The list of key dates can be found below:

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. 

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

Autumn 2021

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

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

 

NEWS ACCESS RULES

The broadcast of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 takes place between 4 and 20 February 2022. The IOC owns the rights to the Olympic Games and all related events, including all intellectual property rights in and to the Olympic Games and all goodwill associated therewith, as well as all other rights, titles and interest of every kind and nature relating to the organisation and staging of the Olympic Games.

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 Beijing 2022 will be available in the autumn 2021. In the meantime you can refer to the NARs which are in place for the Olympic Games for Tokyo 2020 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 Beijing 2022 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 Winter Games Beijing 2022 will be posted here in the autumn of 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 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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