The prestigious Dakar rally is being considered again for the African continent.
According to reports, Etienne Lavigne, the Director of Amaury Sport Organisation, which organises the competition, has disclosed that there are open avenues notably in Algeria, Angola and Namibia, “where we’ve had very high-level talks with for several months.”
The last race was held on the continent because of security problems in Mauritania.
According to Lavigne, the rally has been held in South America with the 2019 edition set to be held exclusively in Peru – the first time it has been confined to one country in its 41 year history.
However, tough economic conditions in Argentina and Chile, coupled with general difficulties hosting rally, are behind the push to return the race to Africa.
“If we can no longer host it in South America, we must find countries that have a topography that can offer up 10-12 days of competition,” he said.
It was in 1978 when the rally’s first edition was held with competitors racing from Paris in France to Senegal’s capital, Dakar.