Kenya’s safari rally return to world safari rally championship has been pushed to 2021.WRC readmitted the Kenya safari rally to the world calendar last September.
The 2020 calendar, comprised 14 rounds and Kenya was to host the event from July 19, 2020.
However, the decision to postpone the rally came after all-inclusive discussions between the Kenyan Government, WRC Promoter and the International Automobile Association (FIA).
Ambassador AMINA Mohammed said, “We are grateful to the Patron, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, for his unwavering support and counsel as we deliberated on the next best steps. We also owe exceptional gratitude to the President of the FIA, Mr Jean Todt and the WRC Promoter led by Oliver Ciesla for their unyielding support since we commenced engagements to return the Safari Rally to the WRC Circuit, “We will continue to prepare for the event as groundworks are already in top-gear and look forward to welcoming rally professionals, teams and enthusiasts to Kenya when the event is re-convened next year.
“Postponing the event to 2021 was not a simple decision to make, however, we are cognizant of the present global challenges and assure that the Safari Rally will mark a significant part of our country’s history as we intended for the next three years,” CS Mohamed added.
Sports Principal Secretary Joe Okudo assured that the Government will continue supporting the project financially.
“The coordinating organs responsible for the preparation for the event are already in place and will continue to work until the event is re-convened,” said Okudo.
CEO of the WRC Safari Rally Project further said the organising teams will continue to work hard to make sure that they deliver a world-class event.
He noted that his team is at an advanced stage to complete the Service Park located in Nakuru County and is in line with the set completion timelines.
“We have also completed the Event Safety Plan, Itinerary and Supplementary Regulations all delivered within the given FIA and WRC timelines and will move forward to complete all the requisite arrangements. We encourage the drivers and all stakeholders to keep in touch with the secretariat as we ready ourselves for the new dates,” Kimathi pointed out.