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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 last night.

The race had been due to start in Lisbon tonight (AEDT) 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 in Senegal.

“If the slightest incident had happened, it would have been the credibility of the Amaury Sport Organisation (organisers) that would have been at stake,” Bilalian said.

France Televisions had been due to broadcast the rally through to its finish in Dakar on January 20.

Full article here:
---> http://aussieexotics.com/2008/01/08/dakar-rally-2008-cancelled

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