|Silk Way Rally: Rally officially cancelled - "Nobody wants to visit Russia now".|
It was an open secret - now it is official: The Russian "Silk Way Rally" is cancelled. Officially the government don´t want to support the rally anymore.
"We were benefiting from the support of the government of the Russian Federation and of numerous ministries," said organizer Semen Yakubov. "We understand that strategical events like the Olympic Games in Sotchi or the Formula 1 Grand Prix are a priority."
The signs started early. Advertising campaigns were stopped in 2013. In 2013 also the first journalists were not allowed to report about the rally.
Political reasons because of the crisis? "No. But nobody wants to visit Russia now..." an Insider of the Silk Way Rally said inofficially, "Sotchi is history and we maybe also." But there is hope: Officially the rally is postponed in 2015.
The head of Silk Way Rally wishes to thank the former competitors for their loyalty. "We also wish to thank all the members of the organising committee, thanks to them the Silk Way Rally has become a sporting event known throughout the world," said Semen Yakubov.
2014/04/23 | 11:31 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/YAKUBOV