Swanky Games press centre opens Sep 23September 18th, 2010 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) A swanky media press centre (MPC) to be used by nearly 2,000 journalists during the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is ready and will be thrown open Sep 23, an official source said Saturday.
“We are expecting around 800 international and 1,200 domestic media persons to cover the sporting event, which is just 15 days away,” an MPC official, pleading anonymity, told IANS.
According to the source, this is the biggest ever MPC designed for a Commonwealth Games. In the 2006 Melbourne games, there were 1,562 media accreditations.
The MPC will be inaugurated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni Sep 20.
“Even though it will be inaugurated on Monday, journalists can access it only from Sep 23 that too from morning 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The centre will be open round the clock only from Oct 1-15,” he said.
He also informed that journalist with CWG accreditation card only will be allowed inside the MPC and 600 computers, with high-speed broadband internet connectivity, had been arranged for media persons.
A designated area for press and photo journalists has been provided in the facility. Apart from this, information on Games and transport facilities will also be available.
The centre was initially scheduled to be ready by Aug 31 but it got delayed.
Apart from this, the Games village media centre will have an international zone which would be open to pass-holding media only, he said.
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