Tokyo 2020
Paralympic Games
24 August - 5 September 2021

TOKYO 2020 INFORMATION FOR MEDIA

Written press and photographers

Each National Paralympic Committee (NPC) is responsible for its own country's press accreditation. The process started in 2019 and will be finalised in May 2021 according with the timeline below.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Games were postponed to happen from 24 August to 5 September 2021. 

Accreditation allocated to organisations by the NPCs and the IPC will remain available for the rescheduled Games in 2021. 

From June 2020, Tokyo 2020 will contact each NPC individually regarding the next phases of the process and to finalise the Press by Name for 2021. Please find information about each NPC  here.

Accredited photographers must sign an undertaking in order to collect their photo vests that will provide them access, with the press accreditation, to the photo positions in each venue. This process will happen at Tokyo 2020 Main Press Centre during Games time.

For reference, we will publish the Photographer’s Undertaking in this page on April 2021.

Non rights-holding TV and radio broadcasters

Non rights-holding TV and radio broadcasters (ENR) organisations applied directly to the IPC. The deadline to request ENR accreditation was 12 July 2019.

Successful ENRs applicants will have to abide by the Radio and Television News Access Rules.

They will be required to sign an agreement related to these Rules ahead of the Games in order to have their accreditation granted.

The News Access Rules apply to radio and television broadcasting by non-rights holding broadcast organisations (ENRs).

News Access Rules are designed to protect the exclusivity of broadcasters which 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 and country.

The News Access Rules for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be published in this page on March 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact media.accreditation@paralympic.org

Radio and TV rights-holding broadcasters please contact broadcast@paralympic.org

Media documents:

Capture and Use of Images for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Information Notice on the Processing of Personal Data of Participants and Other Accredited Persons for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Key dates – Paralympic Games Press Accreditation
Date Activity
22 June to 28 August 2020* Press by Number re-confirmation phase for National Paralympic Committees (NPCs)
22 June to 21 August 2020* ENR and other international news organisations Press by Number re-confirmation
September 2020* Press by Name re-opens for NPCs and the IPC
14 May 2021* Deadline for Press by Name (Note that NPCs and the IPC may set earlier deadline to allow processing and submission to Tokyo 2020)

* New dates added for the Games being held in 2021. 

Paralympic Games press accreditation categories
Category Description
E - JOURNALIST WRITTEN PRESS  This includes the following roles; 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.
EP - PHOTOGRAPHER Photographer meeting the same criteria as defined for category "E".
ET - TECHNICIAN Accreditations in this category are limited to technical support personnel of major news agencies, organisations and/or photo agencies only.
ENR - BROADCASTER Member of a non-rights holding radio and/or television organisation.