Botswana among countries proposed for Dakar race

Dakar Rally might come to Southern Africa
Dakar Rally might come to Southern Africa

On the back of a very successful Dakar Rally story where local rider, Ross Branch scooped the rookie award on his debut, excitement has risen after news that the world’s biggest motor sport event could be heading to Southern Africa.

According to reports, race organisers are mulling over the idea of bringing the rally back to Africa, with the southern part of the continent being preferred destination.

The race was held in Senegal until 2008 due to security threats in West Africa. It moved to South America where it was contested in three countries, with Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Paraguay, being some of the hosts. It was until this year when it was hosted in just one country, with the government of Peru committing to host the event. The race directors have since shown interest of bringing the race back to Africa and the negotiations began last year. The organisers are faced with the challenge of determining the route for the Dakar 2020 route with race director, Etienne Lavigne saying they prefer a return to a three-country model.

Editor's Comment
CAF is a joke, but...

We are told of massive spin-offs for hosting countries, which we assume was the catalyst behind putting in the bid.We are not too sure if it is a one-size fits all, where any hosting nation reaps the benefits or it’s on a case-by-case basis.There are arguments from both ends, with hosting a sure way to accelerate infrastructure development and a guaranteed cash flow during the 30-days of the tournament.There is a bump in employment creation...

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