AS OFFICIAL automotive sponsor of Rio 2016, Nissan is entitled to supply over 4,500 cars to help keep the wheels of the Olympic games turning smoothly. It’s also the only car maker that’s entitled to use the Olympic games as part of its marketing campaign.
Which is how it has been able to release this tongue-in-cheek film, which sees members of Team GB and ParalympicsGB put on the spot with awkward requests from an eager sponsor.
We won’t give the pranks away, but suffice to say the athletes are left scratching their heads in disbelief at the unusual requests from Nissan representatives.
The athletes involved include Katarina Johnson-Thompson (heptathlon), Max Whitlock (gymnastics), Richard Whitehead MBE (running) and Kat Copeland MBE (rowing).
The question is, would any of them actually be daring enough to go through with the requests during the Rio 2016 games?
Nissan has had manufacturing plants in Brazil since 2000. When announcing its support of Rio 2016, it established a mentoring programme to support young aspiring athletes on their road to the Games.