Unofficially: Dakar 2020 will be held in Saudi ArabiaApril 5, 2019
It seems that in 2020 in the history of the Dakar Rally Marathon a new chapter will begin.
According to the sources of the British edition of Autosport, after ten years in South America, the race will move to the Middle East, namely to Saudi Arabia, with the authorities of which the organizers signed a five-year agreement.
The company ASO, the organizer of the famous rally-raid, declined to comment. An official statement is expected in the coming weeks.
In 2019, Dakar for the first time in its history passed through the territory of one country, Peru, after Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia refused to conduct it due to financial problems. And further economic uncertainty in South America forced the organizers to look for alternatives, among which was including a return to South Africa. But the choice fell on Saudi Arabia. The start of the 42nd Dakar is supposed to take place in Riyadh in January.
“We will be very happy to Dakar in our region. “I can get there in half an hour from a house in Qatar in Riyadh,” the current winner in the SUV category Nasser Al Attiya commented on the rumors. – We like South America and the people there. However, you need to respect the decision of the organizers.
I twice participated in rally raids in Saudi Arabia and I can say that this is a terrific region with good people. I am sure that this place is perfect for Dakar.
It seems that next year it is planned to carry out the entire route in Saudi Arabia, and then the organizers will try to go to other countries, such as Oman, Jordan and Egypt. ”
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