The Dakar Rally could be cancelled over security concerns in Mauritania where four French tourists were killed last month, one of the competing drivers told the Reuters news agency on Friday.

Portugal television also reported that the rally, which is due to start from Lisbon on Saturday, was in danger of being called off.

"We have been told there will be an announcement at 1200 GMT from the Dakar organisation. We hear it could be cancelled," said the driver, who asked not to be named.

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

Get full, exclusive access for only $6.55/month.
  • Full access
  • Exclusive news
  • Store & Tour discounts

Show Your Support


Recent Posts