|Dakar Rally 2014: Bolivian President Morales "Integrate us into the world".|
Bolivian President Evo Morales, along with the directors of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organisers of the Dakar Rally, presented details of the 2014 off-road race that will traverse southwest Bolivia January 12-13. At a press conference on Tuesday, Morales thanked the rally organisers for deciding to include Bolivia for the first time in the international competition.
He added his government has guaranteed funds will be available to pay for race-related infrastructure improvements by declaring the rally to be a national priority. The event "is not just a competitive adventure involving motorised vehicles but also an adventure to guarantee the Dakar in Bolivia because it is a means to integrate us into the world," the president said.
The 2014 Dakar Rally will run through Bolivia, when motorcycle and quad racers make their way through the Uyuni, in Bolivia's Potosi region, in two stages without mechanical assistance, ASO chief Etienne Lavigne said at the presentation. "We are proud and pleased to be able to come next January to discover this country," said Lavigne.
Lavigne predicted the Bolivian leg will become "the mythical" segment, the one "that best illustrates the values, courage, solidarity and tenacity" of the competitors. "The greatest racers of the rally are in the motorcycle division and they are the real heroes of the Dakar," he added. The legendary race is believed to be one of the world's most extreme competitions.
Last week Bolivian Presidency Minister Juan Ramon Quintana talked about the creation of a governmental commission to finish the preparations, and highlighted the economic impact of the 2013 Rally Dakar for the countries it toured (Peru, Argentina and Chile) with incomes over 373 million dollars.
2013/04/17 | 15:30 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO