|Dakar Rally 2014: Bolivian President will meet the Dakar competitors.|
As the Bolivian Presidency Minister Juan Ramon Quintana announced on Sunday to local media, the Bolivian President Evo Morales will meet the participants of the Dakar 2014 in southwest Bolivian city of Uyuni on Jan. 12 and 13, 2014 and will give the starting shot for the second stage the next day. He will also offer a dinner to the participants.
At a press conference earlier in April 2013, Morales thanked the Dakar-rally organizer ASO 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.
2013/12/03 | 21:06 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS