NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya is hopeful its motorsport premier event, the
Safari Rally will be reinstated in the World Rallying
Championship by 2019.
the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Sports said
this when he hosted the International Motorsport
Federation (FIA) President Jean Todt in his office.
confirmed that the Kenya will fully support the event
and will bid to have the Safari Rally return back to the
organize next year’s Safari Rally as an African
championship event, which means it will have to look out
at its safety procedures and meet the set international
standards. Then it will move a notch higher and stage
the 2018 event as a WRC Candidate Event which will be
observed by the FIA and WRC promoters.
give out funds to see that these events are a success to
the standards set by FIA. The Government will provide
one million U.S. dollars to facilitate this in 2017,”
financial, material and logistical support will be
discussed at an inter-ministerial level through laid
down protocol, Ekai told.
former Safari Rally co-driver and later team principal
of Peugeot World Rally Team, said at a personal level he
would like to see the Safari Back in the WRC.
President Kenyatta reassured him of his government’s
support when he met him last year at State House
that the WRC status are determined by the WRC Promoter
who are the commercial rights holders of this global
event with a cumulative global television reach of 755
million people in over 300 television stations in 150
unacceptable to have over 17,000 road accidents
including 3000 deaths in Kenya annually. This must be
looked out. Safety is a must. But we also cannot leave
Africa out of the WRC,” said Todt.
has already promised to back Kenya’s WRC bid.
Kimathi, the Kenya Motor Sport Federation chairman said
he handed out the government commitment letter to the
FIA Governing Council meeting in Vienna, Austria early