Beijing Olympic press accreditation begins August 8

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) has announced that the press accreditation process for the 2008 Olympic Games will officially start on August 8, 2006.

The overall press quota for all countries at the 2008 Olympic Games will be 5,600, the same as for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

The two-stage accreditation process – involving the Press by Number process followed by the Press by Name process – will start on March 1, 2007 when BOCOG distributes the Press by Number forms and related publications, such as the Press Accommodation Guide, Freight and Shipping Guide, Rate Card
and Media Information Guide.

The non-rights holding broadcast accreditation process will start in March 2007 when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) posts the application forms and rules on the IOC website, www.olympic.org, with the deadline for applying closing in June 2007. The accommodation, Main Press Center office space and rate card ordering
and booking process will also run concurrently during this timeline.

The categories of accreditation for the 2008 Olympic Games will be the
same as recent Olympic Games: “E” Journalist, “Es” Sport Specific Journalist,
“EP” Photographer, “EPs” Sport Specific Photographer, “ET” Technician, “EC”
Main Press Center Support Staff and “ENR” Non-rights holding broadcast
organization. A dedicated page will be launched on www.olympic.org in the middle of
June, 2006 which will contain all relevant press accreditation information and
timelines, and will be constantly updated in the lead up to the 2008 Olympic
Games.

The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing run from August 8 to August 24.