INVITATION FOR MEDIA REGISTRATION

European Youth Olympic Festival 2019 – Sarajevo and East Sarajevo

10 – 15 February 2019

We are proud to invite you to join us at the 14th Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 2019) held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo from 10 to 15 February 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Come celebrate the Festival with us and be part of the Two Cities – One Dream.

Both cities are well-known for their beautiful mountains and great conditions for winter sports. Sarajevo hosted the memorable 14th Olympic Winter Games in 1984. The Opening Ceremony of EYOF 2019 will take place in the iconic Olympic Stadium Koševo on Sunday, 10 February, where the Olympic flame was lit 35 years earlier.

EYOF 2019 is a unique opportunity for the development of young athletes aged 14 to 18. We eagerly anticipate participation of close to 1,600 athletes and team officials from 46 participating European nations. There will be eight sport disciplines: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Figure Skating, Curling, Ice Hockey and Short Track Speed Skating.

please find the media information package, including all the necessary information for your registration and hotel booking.

Should you have further questions, please contact the Media Services team at: [email protected]

We hope you will enjoy every moment spent in our host cities!

Registration and Accreditation

Only registered media and their representatives can use EYOF media services, so please register on time and apply for your accreditation. You can access the registration process via this link https://ras.eurolympic.org/eoc-publicregistration.

The registration system is now open and will close on 31 January 2019. Please be aware that no accreditation request will be possible after 31 January.

If you have registered in RAS previously (for Ezurum 2017 or Gyor 2017), simply enter your existing credentials accordingly.

If you are registering for the first time as a media for the European Youth Olympic Festival, please create your Media Profile by completing the following fields and clicking the Register button.

You will then receive an email with a link to complete your registration.

Members of the media who have registered for past European Youth Olympic Festivals, should be able to log in for this process using their existing username. Additional information will be provided once registration is completed.

More information about EYOF can be found on our official website: https://eyof2019.net/ba/.

Accreditation

The Festival Identification and Accreditation Card (FIAC) will allow you to cover the following events:

1. Official sporting events

2. Opening and Closing Ceremony

3. Victory Ceremonies at Medals Plaza

The registration process for media accreditation is for written and photographic press.

Any questions regarding the application procedure should be referred to the EYOF 2019 Media Services team: [email protected]

Media Accreditation Centre

After confirmation of your registration, and presentation of your passport or photo identification in person, you may collect your FIAC at the Media Accreditation Centre located in the Terme Hotel. Accreditation validation will also take place here.

Operating hours of the Media Accreditation Centre will be as follows:

6-7 February - 10:00 to 18:00

8-15 February - 08:00 to 20:00

*During the Opening Ceremony day (10 February 2019), the Media Accreditation Centre will operate only until 18:00.

Media Accommodation & Transportation Package

The official EYOF hotel for accredited media is the Spa Hotel Terme (https://hoteliilidza.ba/spa-hotel-terme/), a four-star hotel, which will also be the location of the Main Press Centre. It is located 400 meters from the Athletes’ Village.

Accredited media have the opportunity to book a package for 600€* per person consisting of:

- Accommodation in the official EYOF hotel for the media – Spa Hotel Terme (location of the Main Press Center);

- 6 nights stay during the minimum stay period from 10 February (check in) to 16 February (check out),

- single occupancy room with half board (breakfast and dinner),

- complimentary access to the hotel’s swimming pool and fitness,

*price includes hotel residence tax and insurance, as well as VAT;

- Transfer by EYOF Organizing Committee between the Sarajevo International Airport and Spa Hotel Terme for arrival and departure;

- EYOF transport for accredited media between the Spa Hotel Terme and the competition venues as well as to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Accredited media can book the Media Accommodation & Transportation package by 31 January; however, reservations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis and the EYOF does not guarantee the hotel rooms will be available until this date.

Booking the Media Accommodation & Transportation Package

If you want to book the package, please ensure that you tick the checkbox ʺDo you want to book accommodation with EYOF 2019?“ during the registration for accreditation. You will then be asked to provide your arrival and deparure information in order for us to arrange your airport pick-up. Arrival and departure information can be provided in the Registration System and is required by 31 January to guarantee your pick-up.

Our EYOF 2019 Accommodation department will be in touch with you within 48 hours of your registration regarding your accommodation arrangements. Should you have any further questions you may contact [email protected]

Payment and cancellation policy:

Payment by credit card or wire transfer will be required to secure the booking.

Payment is to be made to the EYOF 2019 bank account stated on the invoice.

Amount credited to the EYOF 2019 account must be the exact figure in Euro as stated in the invoice. All bank charges are to be paid by the customer.

To keep the reservation, payment must be received by the due date stated on the invoice (7 days after the invoice date).

In case of cancellation by January 31, 50% of the paid amount will be reimbursed. No refunds will be possible for cancellations after 31. January or no-shows. Please confirm your cancellation prior to the end of day 31 January to recevei a 50% refund.

For any questions regarding media accommodations, please contact [email protected]

Visas

Persons who have a valid multiple entry visa or residence permit issued by the signatory countries of the Schengen Agreement, the EU member states or the United States of America may enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a passport, without the obligation to obtain a visa for entry, exit, transit and stay on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A period of stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina is up to 90 days in any 180-day period, provided that the one continuous stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be longer than 30 days and within validity period of a visa or a residence permit issued by the countries mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Countries whose citizens need visa to enter BIH are Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Kosovo. Please visit the Diplomatic Representative Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina and ask for further instructions on obtaining the visa.

Media Services

Accredited media will have access to:

- allocated seating at all indoor venues

- access to hot and cold beverages at the venues

The Main Press Centre will be located at Hotel Terme and will offer a range of services including:

- Competition schedules

- Competition results (available on-line and in the daily media communication)

- Press conferences (if booked)

- Media Guidlines (if clarification of further assistance is required)

- Transport information (shuttle bus)

- Opening and Closing Ceremony information

- Mixed zone information

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