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Chile not to be among hosts for 2019 Dakar Rally

IANS  |  Santiago 

will not be among the hosts in the 2019 edition of the Rally due to a policy of fiscal austerity, although the country hopes to return to the motorsports competition in 2020, Chilean has said.

"We are facing a delicate financial situation, which is why we are implementing a very important programme. This means we must focus our resources and use them in a responsible manner," Kantor told the media on Sunday, reports

The 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.

"We are facing an urgent need considering our children, our elderly and our athletes, who need to qualify for 2019 (Pan American Games) and 2020 (Olympic Games)," explained Kantor.

While will not take part in 2019, "we are working to be present in 2020, along a route that allows us to have a course which respects our nature and our cultural heritage," she explained.

The announced a budget adjustment of $4.6 billion two weeks ago, described as a financial deficit.

last participated in the Rally in 2015. Now the 2019 edition is set to traverse and Peru, after also pulled out.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:18 IST