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Dakar Rally to be held in 'unknown' Saudi Arabia in 2020

AFP  |  Paris 

The Rally will be held in from 2020, organisers announced Monday, offering contestants an "unknown landscape and uncharted terrain".

"After 30 years of discovering the beauty of and a decade of adventure exploring the spectacular landscape of South America, a new chapter in the history of will be written as the world's biggest rally makes its debut in Saudi Arabia," ASO said in a statement.

The has been held in since 2009. The gruelling multi-stage rally was previously held in but was relocated after terrorist threats in in 2008.

Dakar described the relocation to as "a voyage into the unknown".

"By going to Saudi Arabia, it is of course that aspect that fascinates me," Castera said.

"I'm convinced that such a feeling will be shared by all the riders, drivers and copilots. As the of the event, it's a massive challenge to be faced with a blank page with limitless possibilities." Castera said offered up "a monumental geography, made for the most audacious itineraries".

"We are spoilt for choice. Sports, navigation, a will to surpass oneself: all these aspects will naturally be glorified on this territory made for rally-raids.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 19:20 IST