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Va va vroom! President Uhuru Kenyatta officially flags off Safari Rally

Va va vroom! President Uhuru Kenyatta officially flags off Safari Rally

President Uhuru Kenyatta at KICC Nairobi before flagging off the World Rally Championship Safari Rally on June 24, 2021.

Photo credit: Cheboit Kigen | Nation Media Group

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday officially flagged off the World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi.

This marked an 19-year wait for the WRC event to return to the country and will have 58 crews.

Kenyatta, who is also the patron of the Safari Rally, was joined by FIA president Jean Todt, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, and the WRC Safari Rally CEO Phineas Kimathi for the ceremonial flag off.

The first rally driver off the ramp was Kabras Sugar Racing's Onkar Rai, navigated by Drew Sturrock, followed by  Equator African Rally Championship winner Carl Tundo who is navigated by Tim Jessop.

This year’s World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally is expected to attract more than 825 million viewers with Sh6 billion in foreign currency being injected into the economy.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed had on Wednesday disclosed that the traffic will be on online games participants on Safari play station and global television viewership.

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