The Australian public can now request tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is again delighted to welcome CoSport as the authorised ticket reseller for the Games.

To secure individual tickets in the initial sales phase, Australian residents have until May 5, 2015 at 10:00 (AEST) to submit their requests through CoSport at cosport.com.au.

“For our athletes and fans alike, there are few experiences more exhilarating than being part of competition on the world stage. Together with CoSport, we are excited to extend an invitation to Australian fans from around the country to share this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said 2016 Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller.

“Australians interested in securing highly sought after individual ticket and package offerings should visit cosport.com.au, create an account, and be sure to contact the CoSport team directly with any questions,” Chiller said.

CoSport recommends purchasers take time to clearly understand the event schedule, venue locations, your budget, and other factors before submitting a request.

The initial (ballot) closes May 5, 2015 at 10:00 (AEST). By May 11, 2015, CoSport will confirm with fans which requested tickets have been secured and advise the payment process.

Australian fans can support the Australian Team in Rio with the cheapest tickets starting at $27 AUD. This will buy you a ticket for particular preliminary rounds in a whole range of sports, including those where Australians are expected to excel such as; Canoe/Kayak Sprint (Category C), Hockey (Category B) and Rowing (Category C).

Also for $27, medal events such as Mountain Bike and Open Water Swimming are available.

Tickets to watch an Athletics session which features a range of finals including the women’s 100m hurdles final, where Sally Pearson hopes to defend her Olympic title, start from $175.48 for Category D to $574 for Category A tickets.

The most expensive seats for the men’s Hockey gold medal match are $107.99. And a finals session at the rowing ranges from $67.49 (Category C) to $188.98 (Category A).

The most expensive ticket at the Games is a Category A seat at the Opening Ceremony for $2,654.65. For this you will be able to cheer the Australian Team as they enter the Stadium. The expectation is for a vibrant and colourful Games and the Opening Ceremony promises to be an unforgettable spectacle.

Following the request phase, the next opportunity for Australian Olympic fans to purchase tickets for the Games will occur on May 19, 2015 as part of a live sales process (first come, first served).

Again visit cosport.com.au for more information on the initial request offer and the subsequent live sales phase, including timeline, pricing and applicable terms and conditions.

In addition to individual tickets available first through a request phase, hotel and ticket packages will be offered shortly in a number of configurations and include a wide range of event ticket options, 3 or 4 star accommodations, daily breakfast, and invaluable support from purchase through to departure by the experienced CoSport team, further supported by knowledgeable local hosts.

For the latest news on Australia’s athletes preparing for competition in Rio and information related to the 2016 Australian Olympic Team including Australia’s rich Olympic history, visit olympics.com.au and follow on social media @AUSOlympicTeam.

Visit rio2016.com for the latest on Host City Rio’s preparations to welcome the world in August 2016.