World Championship Safari Rally set to return

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has hinted at the return of the world Championship Safari Rally.

Speaking during Madaraka Day celebrations on Saturday June 1, 2019 at Narok Stadium, the head of state said that the Country expect to host the main event in the year 2020.

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“The glory days of the World Championship Safari Rally are set to return and we expect to host the main event in the year 2020,” said President Kenyatta.

Safari Rally was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania,  as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1960 it was renamed the East African Safari Rally and kept that name until 1974, when it became the Safari Rally. It was one of the most prestigious and celebrated rallies of its time, as well as one of the toughest.

The Safari Rally was notorious for being by far the most difficult rally in the WRC championship to win- some had said that winning this particular rally was the equivalent of winning three other rallies.

The arduous conditions such as the constantly changing weather and the very rough roads- often rife with sharp rocks made life very difficult for team personnel- repairs were constantly having to be made to the cars and a lot of time would be often lost- and all this work had to be done in sometimes intense heat and humidity.

President Kenyatta further noted that Sports remains the foremost ambassador of the Kenyan brand and the greatest source of national pride.

In recognition of its place, President Kenyatta said his Administration is keeping its word and has concretized support to Kenya’s Sports men and women.

Through the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund, President Kenyatta cited that the state on Friday distributed Ksh.181 million to 3,338 athletes who obtained gold, silver and bronze medals during the period 2010 to 2019.

This is in appreciation of their stellar accomplishments in the name of this, our great country.

He further noted that Kenya’s participation at the African Confederation Cup (AFCON) 2019 is now secured through a Ksh.244 million disbursement to Harambee Stars, through the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

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