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FIA president and former Ferrari Formula 1 boss, Jean Todt, has given some explanation about the delay in releasing the 2020 World Rally Championship calendar.
Todt was in Turkey at the WRC round last weekend, and spoke to the media, as report at https://kawowo.com.
“We have a little delay because we want to maintain a 14 round calendar and yet we have many requests," Todt is reported as saying.
“We have to go through long strategies in order to choose the best events for long time basis. So it takes time to discuss and digest to come with the final calendar.
Japan, Kenya and New Zealand are all in line for a slot on next year’s WRC calendar.
Todt commented on the Safari Rally's possible return. The Safari was last held as WRC event 17 years ago.
“We all know Safari Rally will never be the same again when we had to cover longer distances with open roads. It’s now a proper rally just like any WRC event," he said.
“And everything has drastically improved from the drivers, cars, and safety. The progress is there.
“We would like to have WRC in different parts of the world to bring out the real definition of the championship,” he added.
“Africa is still behind when it comes to road safety. People are not well informed on road safety issues since the level of education are still down among others.
“WRC in Africa will help us address road safety issues in Africa just like in other countries,” he added.
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