The 2020 edition of the Dakar has found a destination as well as a new director
Paris, April 15, 2019. The tension is palpable, the suspense at its peak. Here are the few words that will fix the rumours that have been floating in the air for a long time. The 2020 Dakar will officially take place in Saudi Arabia according to the event organizer. The announcements of the new destination and its programme are proceeding quietly. Everything goes smoothly. It is also time to introduce the participants to the new general manager of the Dakar: David Castera. So many new things!
The Dakar began its epic journey in Africa, a land of exploration chosen by the inventor of the race, Thierry Sabine. A major change of direction in 2009. The Dakar crosses the Atlantic to South America, which will constitute ten years and eleven unforgettable editions of the Dakar. It is under the Sun of Latin America that the myth will grow and consolidate its primacy and its planetary vocation. Years of glory and difficulties that ended in a 100 % Peruvian 2019 edition.
Today, the Dakar is undergoing a revolution. Marc Coma left his position as sports director of the event in 2018. Immediately after the end of the 2019 edition, it was Etienne Lavigne who left the ship to make way for David Castera. The restructuring is complete and also concerns the next destination of the race. Goodbye South America and say hello to the Middle East!
Unfortunately, this news dissipates the hopes of South Africans and the expectations of South Americans. The 2020 Dakar will take place in the deserts, big cities, mountains, canyons and vast valleys of Saudi Arabia. The official presentation to be held on April 25, 2020 will provide for sure many more details.
The event will officially take place in Al Qiqqiya, not far from the Saudi capital Riyadh, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia. His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Abdullah Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile Federation, will also not miss the event.