Rally Dakar to return to South America in 2010, Chile says

Other News Materials 24 February 2009 21:46 (UTC +04:00)

The Rally Dakar is set to be held in South America again in 2010, the Chilean government said Tuesday.

The Chilean government's Chief of Staff Francisco Vidal said Rally Dakar organizers had confirmed the plan, which would give Chile a larger number of stages than it had in the 2009 edition.

This year was the first time that the classic extreme motorsport competition took place completely outside Africa. Fourteen stages were held in January in Argentina and Chile, and proved to be very popular with local spectators, dpa reported.

The 2008 edition had been cancelled altogether over security threats in Mauretania.