President William Ruto has directed the Ministry of Sports to work with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the WRC to extend global showpiece to a five-day event.

Ruto was speaking on Thursday afternoon in Nairobi after officially flagging-off the 2024 WRC Safari Rally that returns to its traditional Easter calendar.

“I think it is time to consider the request by drivers to return the rally to the five days it used to be,” said President Ruto.

According to the head of state, the government is keen on using the opportunities provided by the WRC Safari Rally to spur economic growth, adding the extensive worldwide media coverage of the rally will enhance Kenya’s global image and reputation.

“This will provide a major boost to our economy, increasing incomes for local businesses, and direct and indirect jobs, and attracting local and foreign tourism investment, catering, accommodation facilities and services,” he said.

President Ruto further acknowledged the return of WRC Safari to Easter is a perfect holiday gift to Kenyans as this will encourage more Kenyans and visitors from around the world to participate in the event.

“For the people of Kenya, the WRC Safari Rally is a truly special Easter holiday gift for families and other groups to bond over a thrilling spectacle. For millions of people across the globe, the rally is a captivating showpiece where human skill and endurance, together with the epitome of rugged automotive technology are put to the test on the daunting terrain of Naivasha’s glorious landscape.” Ruto said.

He added; “I have had a discussion with the rally drivers and they were telling me they want it to be a five-day event, so the FIA, WRC promoter and Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Ababu Namwamba please make it happen,” Ruto said.

The rally proper starts on Friday in Naivasha, Nakuru County with seven stages in Loldia, Geothermal and Kedong after Day One say rally enthusiasts entertained at the Kasarani Super Special Spectator stage.


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