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Dakar 2008: Barin Asloum "The big loser is the African Continent".

It was to be his first Dakar. The French Nissan-driver Brahim Asloum is also very disappointed, but his first thoughts were for those who had invested heavily in order to live their passion, and who are now on the edge of the precipice: "Even if I am disappointed on a personal level, I am even more disappointed for many others. Rally raid is not my sport, it is just something I love. I am frustrated as it would have been my first rally, and the opportunity to live a great adventure, but when I think of teams like Nissan Dessoude, I know that this decision will have serious consequences. It is much harder for them than for me.

ASO took, I think, the right decision. No matter what happens, at least no major dramas will occur because of the rally, and maintaining safety is essential. I think that this decision was taken after serious thought, analysing all the parameters. I just hope that next year, the teams and drivers will work together so that the adventure can continue. We have to show all those who caused this situation that they have not won. But the big loser in this whole affair, is unfortunately the African continent."

2008/01/05 | 14:39 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Dessoude

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