April 29 - Baku 2015 plans to introduce several new innovative ideas to help the media report the inaugural European Games, it was revealed here today.
The main plan launched by Jayne Peace, the European Olympic Committees press consultant, will be a new area where journalists can interview competitors after events.
It effectively means that the mixed zone, an area where journalists can try to talk to athletes as they pass through after their events, will be abolished.
"We will replace the normal mixed-zone by a new I-Zone," she said. during a presentation at the annual Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) here.
"There will be a relaxed atmosphere and also group interviews will be possible.
"Journalists carry on working while competitors will come to you."
"It is a test."
Among those who is backing the idea is AIPS President Gianni Merlo.
"I think it is a good idea," he said.
"Especially the possibility to interview small groups can be very important."
Also supporting the initiative is Philippe Silacci, the media operations officer at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) who is attending the Congress.
"We also tried out a something similair to the I-zone at the Rhythmic Sports Gymnastics World Cup this year," he told delegates.
"There were no usual press conferences, or the traditional mixed zone, and it worked very well."
Another major departure from the traditional model used at previous major Games will be that the European Games will not a main media centre.
"It is not necessary anymore," Pearce said.
"Journalists will be able to work in every venue, will have access to the Athletes vVillage and will have working areas in the media village."
Also, Baku 2015 confirmed, as reported on insidethegames on Sunday (April 27), that there will be free internet access for the media and public during the Games.
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