For the Rio 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for August, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has unveiled Wakanow as the country’s sole authorized Rio 2016 Olympic Games ticket re-seller.
Wakanow, a tour and hospitality services provider, has been given the sole right to sell tickets and also arrange easy passage for Nigerians to the Games.
NOC President, Habu Gumel, at the unveiling ceremony in Lagos, said that the partnership with Wakanow was part of the committee’s programmes to ensure that Nigerians get easy access to the tickets and other logistics connected with the games.
He said the Committee’s decision to reappoint Wakanow as authorized ticket provider for Rio 2016 followed the company’s good performance at the last Games at London 2012, adding that the company has the resources to move fans to all the venues to support Team Nigeria, thus enhancing Nigeria’s participation at the 2016 Olympics.
Gummel was represented by NOC Secretary General, Tunde Popoola, who said the IOC is aware of the partnership with Wakanow, further mentioning that the committee had the same partnership with Wakanow in 2012 and are happy to have a partner that believes that the NOC should be bigger and better than it is. He also thanked the company for contributing to the re-branding of the NOC.
Wakanow’s Managing Director, Obinna Ekezie, affirming their capability, said his firm has acquired the experience to do better than it did at the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, which incidentally was held in Brazil.
Ekezie, a former NBA star, said the company is keen in this partnership because they have very hardworking and knowledgeable people manning the NOC. The Wakanow boss said they have over 30 outlets across the country where people can go to access the tickets and key into the packages for the Olympics, and are working closely with the airlines to take care of the difficulty with connectivity in Brazil.
“Wakanow is also looking at ways to provide affordable fares and other logistics for Nigerians going to Brazil, but advise interested parties to book their package on time so that we can start processing their documents.” Ekezie said.
He further revealed that Wakanow has created a platform that would afford those who want to pay in installment to do so, adding, however, that there are terms and conditions for booking a trip to the games through his company.
In his words;
“We cannot take more people than we can handle, but we assure everybody that book his ticket on time that he will have an easy passage to the games. You cannot come a week before the games to ask us to include your name in our programme.”
“We have set dates when people must have paid their money to allow us secure visas, accommodation and book flights for them. Already, we have our support staff who will be going to Brazil in a few weeks to start preparing for our clients arrival for the games.”