Dakar Rally trades South America for Saudi Arabia in 2020April 15, 2019
The Dakar Rally, the world's premier ATV race, will take place in Saudi Arabia in 2020, leaving South America after 10 years.
"After 30 years of discovering Africa and 10 years marveling at South American landscapes, the world's largest rally will write a new chapter in the deep and mysterious deserts of the Middle East in Saudi Arabia," the statement said. ASO), adding that the agreement signed is valid for five years.
The event was created in 1978 under the name Paris-Dakar, disputed between the French and Senegalese capital, and had several changes over time, such as the departure of Lisbon in 2006 and 2007, before moving to South America, for security reasons, related to the phenomenon of terrorism, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 edition.
From 2009 to 2018, the race was played in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay, and in 2019 it ran for the first time only in one country, with all 10 stages (instead of 14) taking place on Peruvian soil.
The new director of the event, Frenchman David Castera, was enthusiastic and "inspired" by the "monumental geography and leading to challenging courses" of the Saudi territory, which he hopes to extol "the qualities of sport, navigation and surpassing" inherent in proof.
"Our country is passionate about sport and our strategic goal is to fuel that appetite as we move forward to realize our vision by 2030, where sport is one of the pillars," Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, chairman of the governing body for sport in Saudi Arabia.
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