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11 Jan 2012
IOC News , IOC Events

Accreditation procedure for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck


Over 1,000 young athletes aged 15 to 18 will travel to Innsbruck, Austria, to compete in the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 13 to 22 January 2012.
Building on the experience of the first Summer YOG held in Singapore last year, the event presents the innovative concept of a fully integrated sports and culture experience for young athletes from around the world who will compete in 63 medal events in seven Olympic winter sports and 15 disciplines.  The participants will also take part in a Culture and Education Programme focused on themes ranging from Olympism and Olympic values to skills development.


Please note that online media accreditation for Innsbruck 2012 is now closed.
Media representatives wishing to cover the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games are requested to go to the Main Accreditation Centre (MAC) in Innsbruck, located at the Innsbruck Exhibition Centre (IEC) at Falkstrasse 2-4, to apply for accreditation.

For media representatives who have successfully applied for accreditation online, the Youth Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card (YOIAC) will be distributed in Innsbruck at the MAC in Innsbruck, located at the IEC at Falkstrasse 2-4.

A valid photo identification document is required in order to be able to issue a YOIAC. Each person must present one of the following valid pieces of photo ID:

EU citizens:
 · valid passport (valid until at least May 2012) 
 · valid EU identity card

Non-EU citizens: 
 · valid passport (valid until at least May 2012).

Please click here for more information regarding the process for collecting your YOIAC.  


The YOIAC will not function as a visa and will not authorise entry into Austria. EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria; a valid photo identification document is sufficient. Individuals requiring a visa to enter Austria must arrange for their own visa. For individuals with accreditation for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, the visa is free of charge. Please click here to access details of the visa application procedure.


Rooms in the media hotels have been secured by the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (IYOGOC) for bookings made by 30 September 2011 on a first-come-first-served-basis. After this deadline, availability within the media hotels cannot be guaranteed. After 30 September 2011, rooms will be subject to availability.

Once your accreditation request has been confirmed by the IOC, you will receive an email from IYOGOC. This email will provide contact information and instructions on how to book your accommodation. Please allow a couple of weeks for IYOGOC to send you this information as your data will need to be processed first.

Please note that access to the media hotels is not restricted to accredited media.
Please click here for more information regarding the accommodation process as well as the list of hotels.




Main Media Centre (MMC)

The Olympiaworld Innsbruck located in the centre of Innsbruck will house the Main Press Centre (MPC) and International Broadcast Centre (IBC). The MPC will serve as the main working hub for the accredited press and will provide working facilities for the ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating and short track venues that are located within the Olympiaworld complex.
The Main Media Centre will operate every day from 11 to 23 January, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The operating hours will be extended if needed, according to the competition schedule.

Seefeld Sub-Media Centre

In Seefeld, the competition site for biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping, there will be a media working facility. The Sub-Media Centre will operate every day of competition from two hours before the start of competition to three hours after the end of competition. Limited working facilities for the accredited press will be operating on training days.

Venue Media Centres

Every competition venue or cluster of venues will offer working facilities for the accredited press that will operate every day of competition from two hours before the start of competition to three hours after the end of competition. Limited working facilities for the accredited press will be operating on training days.


Cabled and wireless internet access at the Main Press Centre and in the media areas within competition venues will be free of charge.


Workstations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other services available include:

  • Help desk for general information including competition details
  • Technology and telecommunications support
  • Food and beverages available for purchase
  • Lockers or safe areas for temporary storage
  • Printed start lists and final results

From 1 to 31 January 2012 the accredited media will have free access to public transport in Innsbruck. Accredited media will also have access to the Common Shuttle Service (blue, yellow and green line) that will operate within Innsbruck from 9 to 24 January.

The Common Shuttle Service will connect the City Transport Mall at the Main Media Centre (MMC) to all competition venues, the Youth Olympic Village and the venue for the Culture and Education Programme.

The MMC is the main transport hub for the media transport system. From there, transportation will be provided for the following destinations:


Sport / Event

Distance from MMC

Olympic Sliding Centre Innsbruck

Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge

7.9 km

Olympia Run Patscherkofel

Alpine Skiing

7.9 km

Innsbruck Exhibition Centre


2.4 km

Seefeld Arena

Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping

23.2 km


Freestyle, Snowboard

35.4 km

Bergisel Stadium

Opening Ceremony

2.7 km

Medal Ceremony Plaza

Medal Ceremonies

2.6 km

Youth Olympic Village

Athlete Village

4.3 km

Congress Innsbruck

Culture and Education Programme

2.6 km


Parking will be available (at own cost) in proximity of the MMC. Parking at competition venues is very limited. Accredited media are strongly recommended to use the Common Shuttle service to travel to the venues from the MMC.


IYOGOC will provide a transport service between Innsbruck airport and Innsbruck main train station to the Main Accreditation Centre (MAC).


Accredited photographers will work from photo positions at each venue, providing an unobstructed view of the field of play. Photo positions will be predetermined.

Photographers will be provided with a supplementary accreditation device, which is required for access to photo positions. These devices will be issued to each accredited photographer when they pick up their accreditation.

Photographers are required to sign a “Photographers’ Undertaking” as a part of the accreditation process. The Undertaking stipulates that images taken by accredited photographers at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games can be used freely for still photographic editorial purposes, on any platform, and that use of such photographs for advertising or any other commercial purpose is expressly prohibited by the IOC. Photographers will sign the Undertaking upon collection of their supplementary accreditation device.


During the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games the official website ( will be the only source of official news and information. Background information and technical details on the competitions and venues, as well as biographical data of the athletes will be available on the official website.  Official results and starting lists will also be available in .pdf format.

IYOGOC, working with a professional photo agency, will also provide a Youth Olympic Photo Service that will offer comprehensive photographic coverage of every sport on every day of competition, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as Culture and Education Programme activities. High-resolution photographs will be available for download and publication through the Innsbruck2012-Flickr account. The images will be available to the media free of charge for non-commercial use only. The photos will have to be credited as per the credits on Flickr.  

All official video-highlights will be uploaded on the official Innsbruck 2012 YouTube-channel


The official opening of the YOV will take place on Monday 9January 2012. On the opening day accredited media will be allowed in the YOV. This will be the media’s only chance to have access to the residential zone.


The IOC is directly responsible for the allocation of all non-rights-holding broadcasters’ accreditations. Non-rights-holding broadcasters must abide by the IOC News Access Rules and sign an Undertaking on behalf of the organisation and all persons assigned by the organisation to cover the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

News Access Rules apply to television and radio broadcasting by non-rights-holding broadcast organisations. They are designed to protect the exclusivity of broadcasters who have paid for the rights (rights-holders), while permitting fair access to broadcast news highlights for news purposes by non-rights-holding broadcast organisations. The attached News Access Rules clearly outline the rules that apply to coverage by non-rights-holding broadcast organisations, as well as venue access rules within competition venues at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Accredited non-rights-holding broadcasters have access to the Main Press Centre (MPC), but do not have access to the facilities and services provided for rights-holding broadcasters within the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). At the competition venues, non-rights-holding broadcasters have access to venue media centres, press tribunes and mixed zones but may not bring in any camera equipment, recording devices or other technical equipment.


The IOC actively promotes the use of the Internet and social media by accredited persons. The attached “IOC Social Media, Blogging and Internet Guidelines for persons accredited at the Youth Olympic Games” will help those wishing to develop Olympic-related web activity in connection with the upcoming Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Please click here to download the guidelines.


The IOC Media Operations and IOC Media Relations offices will be located at the MMC.


For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team:
Tel: +41 21 621 6000 email:, or visit our website at




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