The Mumbai-based Rs 80 crore event company, Wizcraft, has won the contract for organising the opening and closing ceremony events at the Afro-Asian Games to be held in New Delhi in November. The contract for the two shows is said to be worth nearly Rs 15 crores.
But even before Wizcraft gets an official letter and celebrate, the agency's appointment has got mired in controversy.
Agencies in the final shortlist point out to irregularities in the appointment of Wizcraft. It is learnt that the task force set up by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had awarded the opening ceremony event contract to the New Delhi-based Showtime which was asked to work with another agency, the Cineyug-Pinnacle combine. Wizcraft was asked to handle the closing ceremony event.
However, when the 4-member task force sent its recommendation to the empowered committee comprising the Union minister for sports and president of the IOA for ratification, the decision was changed and the entire business was awarded to Wizcraft.
While the Showtime and Cineyug-Pinnacle officials admit that the tables turned at the last moment, Wizcraft director Sabbas Joseph said that his agency has been in the running from the beginning.
Out of the 26 advertising and event management companies that had applied for the Afro-Asian games business in August, only five made it to the final shortlist.
Among them were Wizcraft. Cineyug-Pinnacle, Showtime, Grey Worldwide and UTV. Since Wizcraft is yet to get an official letter from the government, it remains to be seen if there will more last minute changes.