The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has announced that the once-postponed Kenya’s Safari Rally will be held on June 24-27, 2021.
FIA announced the dates during its third meeting of the year of the World Motor Sport Council hosted by FIA President Jean Todt.
Initially, it was scheduled to be held between July 16 and 19 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Safari Rally was scheduled to be the eighth round of the 13-event WRC series.
This year, only three events, Monte Carlo, Sweden, and Mexico have been held.
Kenya was readmitted to the World Rally Championships (WRC) in 2019 rejoining WRC after an 18-year fallout.
During the meeting, FIA named Kenya Minister for Sport, Culture and Heritage, Amina Mohammed, as a new member of the World Motor Sports Council Board.
Todt said her appointment is a step towards advancing gender equality and diversity.
— AMB.(Dr.) Amina C. Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) October 9, 2020
“I’m honoured and excited with this singular honour and privilege which underscores the importance of Kenya on the global sports management landscape,” CS Amina said who is also the chairperson of the WRC Safari Rally Project Steering Committee.
“I would like to thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for the support he has accorded sport and his particular interest in ensuring the successful return of the iconic Safari Rally into the World Rally Championship calendar.
“My deepest gratitude also to FIA President Jean Todt for his exemplary leadership and guidance that has seen motorsport develop in leaps and bounds. President Todt has been to Kenya several times to offer his and the FIA’s support for the return of the Safari Rally to the WRC calendar.”