Delhi Games: accreditation and briefing

From Commonwealth Games England
The media accreditation process is now open for English media representatives wishing to attend the Commonwealth Games in Delhi which takes place from October 3 — 14.

Commonwealth Games England (CGE) is the organisation responsible for accrediting English media for the Games. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. You can speak with Carol or myself on 01225 443998.

Accreditation is an online system for these Games, so hopefully this will hasten the process.

The deadline for return of information and photographs to us so that we can process it and send it on to Delhi is: Thursday May 27.

You should contact Carol at Matchtight by email for an Excel spreadsheet with a full outline of what information is required, which will need to be returned together with a .jpeg picture of yourself before the deadline.

You will also need to decide the category of media accreditation for which you wish to apply when you complete your form and return it. This is the field marked “function” on the excel form. The categories are:

E General writer/journalist needing access to several venues/sports
Es Sports specific journalist needing access to one sport only
EP General photographer needing access to several venues/sports
EPs Sport specific photographer, needing access to one sport
ENR Broadcast organisations who are not rights-holders. Note: this may apply to some website media.

Each application must include a .jpeg photograph, the file to be less than 50kb. It needs to be a recent and true likeness, in colour, a head and shoulders shot only, showing full face, taken against a plain background, and with no hats, hair bands or dark glasses.

The file name for the photograph must be your name (given and family name) as per your application form.

Once accredited, you will be issued with a Non Valid Pass (NVP) which will be validated on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Members of the international media will also have the option of validating their NVP at the Media Accreditation Centre. Those applying after our deadline of May 27 will not be issued with a NVP and will have to apply for an Indian visa through the Indian High Commission.

Media hotels, telecommunications, car hire, car parking etc
Delhi 2010 organisers have issued information on media accommodation options and these can be found with the booking form at under the Accommodation heading.

Also available is a Rate Card for the media which catalogues prices and availability of car hire, equipment, telecommunications, broadband, private office space in the Main Press Centre etc.

If you have not yet done so, it would be good to book your accommodation now. Rooms in the official media hotels are on the all-important Games transport loop and will go quickly. The Media Rate Card can be found on the Delhi website (click on Press Operations and proceed from there) and the deadline for orders is June 1.

I will send out an email update to all media representatives who have accredited for India with further information in late June/early July and a further update in September.

Media briefing
We plan to hold a media briefing for journalists intending to make the trip to Delhi. This will be in the next six weeks in London. Media wishing to attend this briefing (date and venue yet to be confirmed) should let us know via and we will make sure you receive an invitation.

Caroline Searle
Chief Press Officer
England Team, Delhi 2010
21c Charles Street, Bath, BA1 1HX
01225 443998

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