Media Accreditation Process for Vancouver Paralympics

Bonn, Germany - From 12-21 March 2010, the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will attract around 1,000 media representatives to Vancouver and Whistler, Canada, to cover the Games and report about the achievements of Paralympic athletes from all over the world. In the course of the preparation for this unique event, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC) are collaborating to ensure a successful media accreditation process. 11 May 2009 By IPC

After the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004, Torino 2006, and Beijing 2008 it is the fourth time in the history of the Paralympics, that the media accreditation process for the Paralympics will be managed similarly to that of the Olympic Games. This means that the main contact for media accreditation will be the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), who will have a broader scope of responsibility in facilitating the accreditation process for national media agencies and individuals.

The aim of this increased involvement by NPCs is to enhance the media coverage of the Paralympics. VANOC will manage the accreditation process for rights holding broadcasters. The accreditation process for non-rightsholding broadcasters will be handled by the IPC.

VANOC has already distributed the Press by Number Accreditation Application Forms and further information to all NPCs, which are forwarding the material to all interested media organizations.

More information about the accreditation process for written and photographic press, non-rights holding radio and television broadcasting companies as well as rights-holding broadcasters can be found in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games section of the IPC website or the official website of VANOC at .