LIMA, Aug 24 AFP - Peru will not host the 2016 Dakar Rally because of the effects of El Nino, the South American country’s Ministry of Foreign Trade has announced.
The Dakar rally, which is one of the biggest motorsport events in the calendar, featuring both bikes and cars, was due to begin in the capital Lima on January 3 next year before finishing in Rosario, Argentina, on January 16.
“In anticipation of the effects (caused by El Nino) on the population, we decided to cancel our participation,” said a Ministry of Foreign Trade statement.
El Nino is a tropical weather phenomenon occurring in the Pacific Ocean, contributing to global changes in temperature and rainfall.
A new route for the 2016 event is expected to be announced next month.