The 2020 Pearl of Africa Uganda rally and Kenya’s Safari rally have been bumped to next year due to the current global Coronavirus concerns.
The Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) Executive this week agreed to suspend this year’s Pearl rally afte sporting events were put on hold for respective governments to rescue the situation.
The latest development was on Thursday confirmed in a written document by the Federation’s General Secretary Irene Blick.
“Discussions were done with the FMU Executive and supporting partners, who all agreed with us that the economic downturn restrictions on movement, all cannot allow us to run the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally to the standards required for a world-class event,” the statement partly read.
“More so we cannot anticipate when the ban on social gathering will ever be lifted and so we can only wait for things to normalize to resume preparations. Based on this, we wrote to FIA Africa and requested to reschedule the event for next year,” the statement added.
The suspension of the Pearl of Africa Rally which was earlier slated for 14th-16th August will not only affect the ARC calendar but also the National Rally Championship leaving the season with only six events.
In related news, the Kenya Safari rally which was earlier scheduled for 14-16 July this year, has now been pushed to 2021. The development was confirmed by Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Culture, and Heritage on Friday.
The cancellation of these events therefore, leaves the African Rally series with only four events to make up the championship.
Earlier on, other rally events in Rwanda and Zambia were all postponed and the world governing body, FIA, is yet to confirm the new dates for these events.