Sad Day: Dakar Rally Cancelled :-(
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Fri Jan 4 09:29:13 PST 2008
PARIS - The annual Dakar Rally was canceled Friday on the eve of the
race because of terror threats and the recent slaying of a French
family in Mauritania that was blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants.
It was the first time in the 30-year history of the automobile,
motorcycle and truck race across the Sahara Desert that it has been
called off. In a statement, organizers blamed international tensions,
the tourists' Dec. 24 murders and "threats launched directly against
the race by terrorist organizations."
"No other decision but the cancellation of the sporting event could
be taken," they said.
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