Kenya seek Sa­fari Rally re­turn

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

NAIROBI:

Kenya is in talks with mo­tor­sport’s rul­ing body the FIA over re­turn­ing the Sa­fari Rally to the world rally cham­pi­onship af­ter an ab­sence of 14 years. Kenyan Mo­tor­sports Fed­er­a­tion chief Phineas Ki­mathi is in Geneva to brief the FIA about the gov­ern­ment’s com­mitt­ment to stage Africa’s only leg of the cham­pi­onship from 2019. Scot­tish rally leg­end Colin McRae, who died in 2007, won the event the last time it fig­ured on the WRC cal­en­dar in 2002 - his fi­nal WRC win “The Kenya Gov­ern­ment will of­fer all forms of guar­an­tees in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions to­wards the event,” Kenyan sports min­is­ter Has­san Wario promised in a let­ter to WRC manag­ing di­rec­tor Oliver Ciesla. “As a pri­or­ity, the gov­ern­ment shall put in place the nec­es­sary struc­tures lead­ing to­wards a full WRC Sa­fari in 2019 af­ter run­ning a can­di­date event in 2018, and 2017 Africa Rally Cham­pi­onship event as a dry run WRC Sa­fari.” Wario wrote. The Kenyan clas­sic was dropped from the WRC cal­en­der 14 years ago due to lack of fi­nan­cial and or­gan­i­sa­tional sup­port from the gov­ern­ment.

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