Chile will not be among the hosts in the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally due to a policy of fiscal austerity, although the country hopes to return to the motorsports competition in 2020, Chilean Sports Minister Pauline Kantor has said.
"We are facing a delicate financial situation, which is why we are implementing a very important austerity programme. This means we must focus our resources and use them in a responsible manner," Kantor told the media on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.
The minister said that various factors had led to the decision, including how to finance important social programmes and the country's upcoming participation in international sporting events.
The Chilean government announced a budget adjustment of $4.6 billion two weeks ago, described as a financial deficit.
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