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    Unhappy Paris-Dakar 2008 Cancelled !

    The 2008 running of the famed Dakar Rally has been cancelled due to safety fears in the Mauritania region.

    The event, which was due to start in Lisbon tomorrow [Saturday] and run to the 20 January, has been under threat following the murder of four French tourists by a group linked to Al-Qaeda with discussions taking place with the French government before a decision was taken to cancel the event completely.

    Admitting that it had little option but to reach the decision, the French-based event organisers the Amaury Sport Organisation, was quick to point out that the cancellation will not be the end of the one of the most challenging events on the motorsport calendar, despite the understandable disappointment at the fact that the 2008 race will not go ahead.

    "After different exchanges with the French government - in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs - and based on their firm recommendations, the organisers of the Dakar have taken the decision to cancel the 2008 edition of the rally, scheduled from the fifth to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal's capital," a statement read.
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    bah, thats terrible.
    I can't believe this stuff is STILL going on, its too bad...
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    Wow...terrorism has now started cancelling international motorsports events...

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