Dakar Cancelled

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Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:24 pm

The organisers of the Dakar Rally, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), have confirmed that the 2008 staging of the annual endurance event has been cancelled due to security threats to competitors.
In a statement the race organisers highlighted several concerns. "Based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists [in Mauritania] on December 28 linked to a branch of Al-Qaida 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 event could be taken.

These guys are beginning to control the world!
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Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:01 pm

No not sissies.
No organiser of any event can put the participants and back-up teams at risk.
The fallout for them if something happens is of mega proportions.
One cannot blame their decision, but it sucks to think that we are all being held to ransom.
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Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:58 pm

sissies.............re route the event!!
it really doesnt need to go through Mauritania ??

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Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:12 pm

This really is sad news. Was so looking forward to it.

I think logistically it would be impossible to re-route in 1 or 2 days.
Maybe if they postpone, but that would still take months for the organising.

In afrikaans se ons: "Liewer bang Jan, as dooie Jan."

The Dakar on it's own is very dangerous. So why run the risk of losing lives to terrorism!
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Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:49 pm

This is a MEGA race has been going for many years and the organisers are not a bunch of amateurs. A few years ago they had a similar problem, they hired a few Antonov transport aircraft to move everything and everyone to new location for a different route. What has now happened must be extremely serious bearing in mind that all of the competitors back-up crews, catering crews, news teams, etc, would already be there ready to go; there must be thousands directly involved with the Dakar.
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Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:09 pm

ToyX4 wrote:This really is sad news. Was so looking forward to it.
Same here, great pitty.
Harold wrote:A few years ago they had a similar problem,
There is always(each year) a problem and each year a stages or two has to be cancelled due to the these m@ere that mess things up. I think that the orginisers would have learned by now but not to date. Will they ever :?: :?: Sad sad stuff :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:34 pm

stupid sissies then....

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Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:30 am

Ja nee Afrika is nie vir sissies nie.

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Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:56 am

re route to rustenburg.....just as wicked and dangerous here :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:36 pm

hilex08 wrote:re route to rustenburg.....just as wicked and dangerous here
Lots of loose bulls around maybe they are blue :?: :lol:

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Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:53 pm

I resent that last comment... and insist on an apology.

If not, I am going to tell the US that you are hiding Osama Bin Laden in your bed...

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Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:26 pm

No appology. Are we then splitting the reward money? Or should we wait longer and get them to pay more before we get him out of the hoe he is in "under my bed" split = 90% for me and 10% for you. I will deduct the money for all the WP and Stormers jerseys you wanted. :lol: :lol:

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Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:33 pm

Pajero is bang hulle gaan nie weer die jaar wen nie,so toe stel hulle dit sommer af om hul voertuig eers uit te sort vir 2009
n vark bly maar n vark

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