This year’s Dakar Rally has been cancelled at the last minute. This is the first cancellation of Dakar Rally’s 30 years history.
The organizers decided not to go ahead with the race due to concerns about the security situation in Mauritania, where nine stages of the rally were to be held. Four French tourists were shot dead in Mauritania on Christmas Eve, by gunmen, who are believed to have links with Al-Qaeda. On Thursday, France warned of the danger of terrorist attacks during the rally and advised the organisers to cancel the event.
The Rally was due to begin tomorrow in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, ending in Dakar in Senegal on 20 January. Some 570 teams had registered this year. (Gazdasági Rádió, radionetherlands)