From Caroline Searle, Commonwealth Games England
This week I have been in Delhi for an England team planning visit ahead of next yearâ€™s Commonwealth Games due to take place October 3-14.
Iâ€™ve collated some information on accreditation, visas and facilities that you may find of use.
Accreditation will open on April 2 and close on June 10.
Commonwealth Games England is responsible for accrediting all English (separate systems apply for Scotland/Wales etc) E category media for the Games.
That includes generalist and sports-specific journalists and photographers but not non-rights holding broadcasters who will need to apply direct to the Commonwealth Games Federation. Rights-holding broadcast personnel should apply internally within their organisation.
If you would like to express an interest in receiving an accreditation form in due course, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Your accreditation pass will become your visa for India. If you apply for accreditation after June 10, however, you will need to source your visa separately from the relevant authorities in the UK.
Delhi 2010 has designated two main media hotels which are well placed within five minutes shuttle of the MPC/IBC and close to the centre of New Delhi and several venues.
Hotel Janpath, – room rate $US 140 per night
Ramada Plaza â€” room rate $US 170 per night
Other hotel details can be found at: www.cgdelhi2010.org/accommodation
A budget hotel is also likely to be designated soon, but this will be a little further way from the MPC/IBC.
Technology and media services
The Organising Committee will provide the normal range of services at each venue: work areas, tribunes, etc. There will be wi-fi and cabled broadband at each venue and more exact details for this service will be ready soon, including costs.
MPC and Venues
The Main Press Centre is due to open on September 23 and will operate on a 24-hour per day basis. However, media working facilities at individual venues may not open until quite close to the beginning of competition. Again more details to follow in due course.
Catering will be available on a 24-hour basis in the MPC. At venue level, though, there will be free tea, coffee and biscuits in the media lounge but hot food will come from spectator concessions. Media will have the option to book boxed lunches in advance through individual venues and the MPC.
The England team delegation that has been in Delhi this week has been enthused by the talks it has had with the Organising Committee and Delhi is certainly a fascinating place.
If you have any queries, please donâ€™t hesitate to get in touch via e-mail or phone from November 2 onwards. Next week, I will be away on holiday and unavailable.
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