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Dakar Cancelled !

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/04012008/...-security.html

The Dakar Rally has been cancelled over security concerns in Mauritania where four French tourists were killed last month.

France warned the Dakar organisers on Thursday against holding stages in Mauritania because it said "the terrorist risk" cannot be ruled out.

The rally, one of the toughest and most dangerous challenges in motorsport, was due to arrive in Mauritania on January 11 with stages in that country until January 19.

Organisers cancelled two stages in Mali last year after French security services said participants risked being kidnapped or ambushed by Algerian rebels.

Some 570 teams had registered for the 30th edition of the event with Mitsubishi seeking their eighth successive win in the car category.

Competitors included France's former downhill skiers Luc Alphand and Carolle Montillet, Olympic and world boxing champion Brahim Asloum and former Formula One drivers Tiago Monteiro of Portugal and Japan's Ukyo Katayama
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The whole thing?!?!? That sucks! :mad-
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*@#&*@#&*@#&*@#&..... there was security talk on dakar site yesty but today its orf. *@#&*@#&*@#&*@#&
wonder if it can be saved????????

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Dakar Rally cancelled: French TV official

Fri 04 Jan, 11:09 AM

PARIS (AFP) - This year's Dakar Rally has been cancelled over security concerns, the head of sport for France Televisions, Daniel Bilalian told Europe 1 radio station on Friday.

The race had been due to start in Lisbon on Saturday but the murder of four French tourists in Mauritania on December 24 led to the French government advising against any travel to the country.

Nine of the rally's stages were due to pass through Mauritania en route for Dakar.

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Dakar 2008 - Dakar cancelled over security

Eurosport - Fri, 04 Jan 11:37:00 2008

The Dakar Rally has been cancelled over security concerns in Mauritania where four French tourists were killed last month.

France warned the Dakar organisers on Thursday against holding stages in Mauritania because it said "the terrorist risk" cannot be ruled out.

The rally, one of the toughest and most dangerous challenges in motorsport, was due to arrive in Mauritania on January 11 with stages in that country until January 19.

Organisers cancelled two stages in Mali last year after French security services said participants risked being kidnapped or ambushed by Algerian rebels.

Some 570 teams had registered for the 30th edition of the event with Mitsubishi seeking their eighth successive win in the car category.

Competitors included France's former downhill skiers Luc Alphand and Carolle Montillet, Olympic and world boxing champion Brahim Asloum and former Formula One drivers Tiago Monteiro of Portugal and Japan's Ukyo Katayama.
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A.S.O. cancels the 2008 edition of the Dakar rally
After different exchanges with the French government - in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - , and based on their firm recommendations, the organisers of the Dakar have taken the decision to cancel the 2008 edition of the rally, scheduled from the 5th to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal’s capital.

Based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists last 28th of December linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, but also and mainly the direct threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organisations, no other decision but the cancellation of the sporting event could be taken by A.S.O.

A.S.O.’s first responsibility is to guarantee the safety of all: that of the populations in the countries visited, of the amateur and professional competitors, of the technical assistance personnel, of the journalists, partners and rally collaborators. A.S.O. therefore reaffirms that the choice of security is not, has never been and will never be a subject of compromise at the heart of the Dakar rally.

A.S.O. condemns the terrorist menace that annihilates a year of hard work, engagement and passion for all the participants and the different actors of the world’s biggest off-road rally. Aware of the huge frustration, especially in Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, and beyond the general disappointment and the huge economical consequences in terms of direct and indirect repercussions for the countries visited, A.S.O. will continue to defend the major values of great sporting events and will carry on its engagement for a durable development through the Actions Dakar, started 5 years ago in sub-Saharan Africa with SOS Sahel International.

The Dakar is a symbol and nothing can destroy symbols. The cancellation of the 2008 edition does not endanger the future of the Dakar. To offer, for 2009 a new adventure to all the off-road rally passionate is a challenge that A.S.O. will take on in the months to come, faithful to its engagement and its passion for sports.

Lot of money already spent. To bad, feel sorry for them
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I like this part the best!

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Man, that sucks major!!!! First time it has been cancelled I think...anyone know?

Guess it is not just the safety of the competitors but all the support crew and staff too.......bloody terroists!!!
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So much for my what happened to the SBS coverage question,there must be lots of pissed off people,life savings spent type stuff to do the Dakar.I dont think the whole thing has been cansiled but major sections have been caned with huge air lifts arround trouble spots.
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So much for my what happened to the SBS coverage question,there must be lots of pissed off people,life savings spent type stuff to do the Dakar.I dont think the whole thing has been cansiled but major sections have been caned with huge air lifts arround trouble spots.
yeah true but in the end safety of competitors,marshals,etc is all important

Damm was so looking forward to watching it
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08 Dakar cancelled

due to threats by AlQaeda in Mauretaniia, the 08 Dakar is off

http://www.dakar.com/indexus.html

Lisbon, Friday the 4th of January 2008

A.S.O. cancels the 2008 edition of the Dakar rally
After different exchanges with the French government - in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - , and based on their firm recommendations, the organisers of the Dakar have taken the decision to cancel the 2008 edition of the rally, scheduled from the 5th to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal’s capital.

Based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists last 24th of December linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, but also and mainly the direct threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organisations, no other decision but the cancellation of the sporting event could be taken by A.S.O.

A.S.O.’s first responsibility is to guarantee the safety of all: that of the populations in the countries visited, of the amateur and professional competitors, of the technical assistance personnel, of the journalists, partners and rally collaborators. A.S.O. therefore reaffirms that the choice of security is not, has never been and will never be a subject of compromise at the heart of the Dakar rally.

A.S.O. condemns the terrorist menace that annihilates a year of hard work, engagement and passion for all the participants and the different actors of the world’s biggest off-road rally. Aware of the huge frustration, especially in Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, and beyond the general disappointment and the huge economical consequences in terms of direct and indirect repercussions for the countries visited, A.S.O. will continue to defend the major values of great sporting events and will carry on its engagement for a durable development through the Actions Dakar, started 5 years ago in sub-Saharan Africa with SOS Sahel International.

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