Chilean government ready to host again in future
Ahead of the maiden South American presentation of the Dakar Rally, the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) signed an agreement with the governments of Argentina and Chile allowing it to stage a second event, although not necessarily
on consecutive years.
However, the Chilean Deputy Secretary of Sports, Jaime Pizarro, indicated that meetings have taken place with members of the Argentinean government regarding the location of the next Dakar Rally, with a decision to be taken with the event's organisers once the 2009 edition comes to its conclusion.
In other words, an important debrief will take place following the Dakar's maiden venture away from its traditional Africa-based roots.
Citing "Formal but also friendly relations" with the government of Argentina, Pizarro stated that the Chilean administration "will cooperate with the organisers once the rally is finished in order to analyze how the operation of this first edition went."
Without saying if he wished for the Dakar Rally to return in 2010, he did confirm a wish to see his country host the race in the future.