NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Organizers of Kenya’s premier motor racing event,
the Safari Rally believe a visit by International Federation of
Automobile (FIA) President Jean Todt this month will clear all
hurdles before the event is re-admitted to the World Rally
It has been 15 years since the Safari
rally was axed from the then 14-tier World Rally Championships
mainly due to poor safety measures, lack of sponsorship and
With Todt third visit in four years set for Feb 27, Kenya
expect to clear any pending hurdles to reclaim their global
Phineas Kimathi, Kenya’s head of the Organizing Committee
selected to work on modalities to return the event to the WRC,
said by 2020 Safari Rally will be part of the global racing
"It is true Todt is returning for another visit. He has since
met president Uhuru Kenyatta and other top sports officials.
"The government has given its assurance and there is goodwill
from corporate firms to support the event," he said.
Todt said it will make the WRC complete by having one leg in
Africa in order to have a global appeal.
"Africa is a very key region for the FIA but the necessary
guarantees set by the FIA must be met for Safari Rally to be
readmitted," he said.
The Safari Rally, which is arguably the most difficult rally
to conquer, started in 1953 as part of the coronation for the
England Queen and remained the top spot in the WRC until 2002.
Currently the WRC is staged in Monaco, Sweden, Mexico,
France, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Finland, Germany,
Spain, England and Australia.