RIA Novosti Becomes Official Host National News Agency of Sochi 2014
By Community | April 4, 2013
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has named Russian News & Information Agency RIA Novosti as the official host national news agency for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games.
RIA Novosti will provide comprehensive coverage of the Sochi Paralympics, discount with special emphasis on the performance of the Russian athletes.
“The co-operation with RIA Novosti will help us at the IPC to build the excitement about the Paralympic Games from now on and increase the awareness of the Paralympic athletes and the Paralympic Movement in Russia. This is key for a successful staging of the Games next year.”
“Covering Paralympic events has always been a priority for RIA Novosti, and the IPC’s decision is a great honor for us,” head of RIA Novosti’s Olympic team Maxim Filimonov said. “The agency plans to use over 50 journalists and photojournalists, who will focus mainly on the Russian athletes.”
In 2011, the International Olympic Committee named RIA Novosti the official host nation news agency and photo pool for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
All news materials, beginning with the preparation period for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, will be available to Russian and foreign media and published on RIA Novosti Group’s web resources, including the R-Sport sports news agency.
As the host national news agency for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, RIA Novosti will enjoy many privileges, International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez said in the official letter. These privileges include receiving all press category accreditations for events directly from the IPC and priority access to all competition venues, including reserved positions in mixed zones for the press and photojournalists.