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#191532 - 4th Jan 2008 9:21pm Dakar Rally 2008 cancelled
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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 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.

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.

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#191542 - 4th Jan 2008 11:18pm Re: Dakar Rally 2008 cancelled [Re: krisGTi]
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Absolutely pathetic.....i never took such a liberal view to terrorism, yes its a bad pathetic attention seeking thing...but to have them cancel a major sporting event...especially something like the dakar??

I dont care less anymore....f*****g kill them all now...bomb them during their prayers or something...enough is enough..they have no purpose in life but to harm others....lets give them what they f*****g want
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#191549 - 4th Jan 2008 11:51pm Re: Dakar Rally 2008 cancelled [Re: MGCraig]
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Originally Posted By: Mi_Craig
Absolutely pathetic.....i never took such a liberal view to terrorism, yes its a bad pathetic attention seeking thing...but to have them cancel a major sporting event...especially something like the dakar??

I dont care less anymore....f*****g kill them all now...bomb them during their prayers or something...enough is enough..they have no purpose in life but to harm others....lets give them what they f*****g want

The problem is finding them first... Intelligence services in the west are shite, and full of corruption, half the staff are probably bankrolled by Al Quaeda lol.

Plus, the US would never go after Al Quaeda full scale... cos they will fight back... well they are capable of it lol. The US like going after countries they know cant fight back. Hence they keep threating Iran every couple of weeks with war, but never have the balls to back it up.

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