By USPA Media team
Despite the postponement of World Rally Championships (WRC) leg in Kenya to 2021, Kenyan organisers are leaving nothing to chance in their preparations for the iconic rally.
The Kenya Safari Rally returned to the WRC calendar this year (2020), but it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that affected all sporting activities worldwide including the Olympic Games.
WRC Safari Rally chief executive officer, Phineas Kimathi, says his secretariat is still working on initial timelines that assume the event was still on its initial dates of July 16 to 19.
“We are following the initial schedule that we had set out for the July 2020 Safari Rally, assuming everything needed to be ready for July 15,” Kimathi said.
“We had targeted to finish the Service Park by July 5, but because of the Covid-19 situation, work slowed down a bit but even then, the contractor has finished 75 percent of the work,” he added.
Kimathi on July 4,2020 led a WRC Safari Rally management team on update visits of the Service Park in Naivasha, along with Kenya Ports Authority’s Inland Container Depot.
The visiting team also included Safari Rally Event Director Jim Kahumbura and, Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Sport Rose Wachuka who is also on the organising committee.
Kimathi also added that the government has played a key role in making sure preparations for the WRC Safari Rally were in top gear.
“We also visited the Inland Container Depot where containers for the rally will be received and we are happy with the state of affairs.” He noted.
“I would like to thank the government for demonstrating their commitment and in particular the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hon. Amina Mohamed for her leadership and guidance to make sure we have all the necessary support,” he stressed.
Several rounds of the World Rally Championships were cancelled this year due to a global lockdown following the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
Just three rounds had been held in Monte Carlo, Sweden and Mexico before the virus struck and a revised 2020 calendar was announced recently with Rally Estonia making its debut after running as a WRC promotional event last year.
Fresh dates for the 2021 WRC Safari Rally will be communicated soon.
Revised 2020 WRC calendar
Estonia: September 4-6,
Turkey: September 24-27
Germany: October 15-18
Italy: October 29-November 1
Japan: November 19-22