Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was on Monday, 7th June, 2021 unveiled as the official television rights holder for the upcoming World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally scheduled for 24th – 27th June
The event which took place at Moi International Sports Centre,Kasarani in the morning was presided over by top dignitaries including Cabinet Secretaries for Sports and ICT Dr Amina Mohamed and Joe Mucheru respectively.
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Chief guest Dr Amina lauded KBC for its determination to return the event on television to ensure Kenyans enjoy the spectacle at the comfort of their living rooms.
“KBC is the home of Safari Rally and that’s why we did not hesitate to make the state Broadcaster the official TV rights holder. We are looking forward to an excellent event which has enjoyed the support of everyone including our President Uhuru Kenyatta who has shown extreme commitment towards the success of the championship” she noted.
CS Mucheru on his part joked about his interest to venture into the world of Rallying.
“I am thinking about joining the sport even though my time is running out due to vibrancy of the current Rally drivers who are energetic and understand the intricacies of the game” he asserted.
Others present during the launch include KBC Managing Director Dr Naim Bilal and Kenya Motorsport Federation(KMSF) President Phineas Kimathi who also act as WRC Safari Rally Project CEO.
The global showpiece which returns to the country after 19 hiatus will see top drivers both locally and internationally showcasing their prowess and battling for honors.
Reigning World Rally Champion (WRC) Sebastien Ogier is among top drivers who will comb the unforgiving terrains of Naivasha in search of glory at the forthcoming competition.
According to an entry list released by world governing body FIA on Friday last week, Ogier who won the world title last year as part of the WRC Toyota Yaris works team, will feature in an event that will see 24 foreign drivers and 34 locals compete in the rally in Naivasha, 91km west of the capital Nairobi.
Local drivers including Tundo, Onkar Rai, Tejveer Rai and Karan Patel are expected to give the global drivers a run for their money if not the bragging rights.