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    Default DAKAR 2008 is cancelled.

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    04-01-2008 - A.S.O. cancels the 2008 edition of the Dakar rally

    Lisbon, Friday the 4th of January 2008.



    After different exchanges with the French government - in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - , and based on their firm recommendations, the organisers of the Dakar have taken the decision to cancel the 2008 edition of the rally, scheduled from the 5th to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal’s capital.



    Based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists last 24th of December linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda 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 sporting event could be taken by A.S.O.



    A.S.O.’s first responsibility is to guarantee the safety of all: that of the populations in the countries visited, of the amateur and professional competitors, of the technical assistance personnel, of the journalists, partners and rally collaborators. A.S.O. therefore reaffirms that the choice of security is not, has never been and will never be a subject of compromise at the heart of the Dakar rally.



    A.S.O. condemns the terrorist menace that annihilates a year of hard work, engagement and passion for all the participants and the different actors of the world’s biggest off-road rally. Aware of the huge frustration, especially in Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, and beyond the general disappointment and the huge economical consequences in terms of direct and indirect repercussions for the countries visited, A.S.O. will continue to defend the major values of great sporting events and will carry on its engagement for a durable development through the Actions Dakar, started 5 years ago in sub-Saharan Africa with SOS Sahel International.



    The Dakar is a symbol and nothing can destroy symbols. The cancellation of the 2008 edition does not endanger the future of the Dakar. To offer, for 2009 a new adventure to all the off-road rally passionate is a challenge that A.S.O. will take on in the months to come, faithful to its engagement and its passion for sports
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    Instilling fear is more of a sucess for the terrorists than them actually killing someone.... way to support the terrorists


    Honestly i think this was the right move, but it's exactly what the terrorists want, FEAR
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    ^X2. I think you nailed it on the head.
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    Fuck. I had a lot invested this year in the Dakar (no not gambling lol) and it pains me to see that it was all wasted....

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    the org. crew is notorious for not letting things stop the event, you have to be that way with an event like that. it must have been some serious shit to force them to call off the whole thing

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    Originally posted by Graham_A_M
    ^X2. I think you nailed it on the head.
    x/2. I think the nail was missed.

    It's more than fear I think, the possibility of being killed by being ambushed a group of marauding machine gun toting psychos OR hitting an explosive device along a dirt road is MUCH greater in the Dakar Rally than during a racing event in Monaco or Daytona today.

    It's better to be cautious, plus I think most of those racers are like millionaire business owners who probably don't want to die like that. I wish it were otherwise, I used to love watching the Paris-Dakar highlights.

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