Media Guide Kits for accredited media organizations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are being distributed via the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced here on Thursday.
The kits prepared according to the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) include the Press by Number Accreditation Guide, Press Accommodation Guide, Press Rate Card, Media Freight and Shipping Guide, and Media Information II, a publication with up-to-date information on the preparations for media services at the 2008 Games.
The Media Operations Department of BOCOG will distribute some 3,000 sets of Media Guide Kits in all, which aims at helping media organizations to better understand the Media Operations preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, so as to better prepare their coverage of the Games.
The department has mailed the kits to over 200 NOCs worldwide to distribute to the accredited media organizations within the country/region according to IOC-allocated accreditation quotas.
In accordance with the relevant requirements of the Beijing Olympic Games Media Guide Kits, the NOCs and media organizations are requested to return the listed forms and information to BOCOG by the following deadlines: May 31, 2007 for "Intent to Rent" for ordering private office space in the Main Press Center and Venue Media Centers; June 15, 2007 for completed Press by Number Accreditation Application Forms(by NOCs) and for guaranteed accommodation reservations; December 31, 2007 for Press Rate Card normal orders; and April 1, 2008 for press accommodation payments.
Sun Weijia, BOCOG's Press Chief and Director of Media Operations, said that the distribution of the Media Guide Kits signaled the official inauguration of the integrated media services for the media to cover the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and a big, concrete step forward for the success of Media Operations in the Beijing Games. BOCOG will reserve no effort to assist all accredited media to achieve the best coverage of the Beijing Games, he added.