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Kimathi to bid Safari WRC candidature in FIA Sport Conference

Kimathi has already spoken with FIA president Jean Todt, who at a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta last year in Kenya, pledged his personal support for the Safari.PHOTO/courtesy.

Kimathi has already spoken with FIA president Jean Todt, who at a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta last year in Kenya, pledged his personal support for the Safari.PHOTO/courtesy.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 17 – Newly elected Kenya Motorsport Federation (KMSF) will attend the 4th annual FIA Sport Conference in Turin, Italy June 21-23, to sell the Safari Rally to the most powerful gathering of motorsport decision makers in the world.

Kimathi will meet the World Rally Championship (WRC) Promoter and initiate discussions on Kenya’s WRC bid 2018 by running a candidate event next year.

The WRC Promoter, a joint venture between the Sportsman Media Group of Germany and Red Bull Media House, is responsible for investing and developing the WRC profile, reputation and commercial value.

The promoter, working in close collaboration with the FIA, determines the calendar of events and has been focusing on introducing live television and an innovative digital media strategy to sustain the global television reach of FIA World Championship to 800 million people worldwide annually.

This is a first major practical stride for Kenya which for the last 14 years has failed to convince FIA to return the Safari in the WRC.

Kimathi has already held discussions with high ranking government officials and promised support to put a put forward a strong Kenyan case.

Last year’s Safari met most FIA thresholds on safety and route concept by running the event in closed roads and in the Kenyan situation private land.

FIA is expected to announce the 2017 calendar after receiving bids from 13 economic power houses of Ireland, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Chile, Croatia, India, South Korea, Malaysia and Russia.

Kimathi has already spoken with FIA president Jean Todt, who at a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta last year in Kenya, pledged his personal support for the Safari.

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Kimathi will be banking on Todt’s position on WRC geographical representation.

Todt recently expressed concerns that the WRC was too heavily focused on European events, with just four of the fourteen rallies held as part of the 2016 season being run outside Europe.

Kimathi will be basing his case on this among other things including total government support and local sponsorship.

Kimathi will be fielding the state of the art timing system purchased by a local Telco company, Liquid Telecom as part of  KMSF upgrade time table.

The FIA Sport Conference brings together gathers FIA  National Sports Associations (ASNs) and stakeholders from all over the world to meet, discuss and learn – the intention being to inform and educate the FIA community, with input from some of the best and brightest in the world of motor sport.

The Sport Conference is focused on the bigger picture thinking, such as the direction of the sport and emerging trends.

This aim is to provide an environment that will see delegates return to their home countries invigorated and brimming with ideas and knowledge to assist them in achieving best practice in their own motor sport endeavours.

For the fourth edition of the event, the FIA will gather delegates from more than 100 sporting clubs and a variety of other stakeholders in one of the most motoring-centric cities in the world; Turin.

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  1. Ni mimi!

    May 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Way to go…..


    May 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Right footing mr President

  3. shalom

    May 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Show Kindness and same will be shown

  4. Sarah Smith

    May 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    May God bless you our President. I hope the other Kenyan leaders are watching to follow your example. Can you imagine if all the leaders including the MPs did the same ?. Many lives will be transformed.

  5. Thomas Mwiti Baite

    May 2, 2013 at 4:31 am

    that’s my PRESIDENT! God bless you sir.

  6. Alexander Omondi

    May 2, 2013 at 5:09 am

    This is our President..YES..the kind of president Kenya who symphathizes ,empathizes and has human feeling and heart for even the most unpriviledged in the society..God Bless Uhuru.

  7. Mazzdark

    May 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Uhuru Kenyatta has got heart, good leaders have heart

  8. Reginah

    May 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

    President Uhuru kenyatta, u shall never seize to amaze me! U have a heart of gold.

    How you are able to dine and wine with your enemies i do not know.

    I remember all the bad words the cord leadership called you in your campaign you acted with decorum and integrity.. you did not return those words back, i remember the climax of it they told you that you should be kojwang cook, and how did u act? you told them decently that even that is work. After the election and before the petition they told you that you deserve to be in jail and not in state house and you still acted well and left them alone to keep making noise. What did i see next to my shock and surprise? I saw our dear president reach out to cord leadership and hand in hand walking together in okuta’s burial. after all what this people have done and said to our president.

    Lately i watched i amazement our president go to coast which is a cord stronghold and all the the coast leaders led by governor Joho publicly declared that they will not attend the function our president was attending in there region, Guess what i saw the next day?

    Our dear president hand in hand Omar and hearty laughing in state house. Having know what role some of the people played in the icc coaching of witness.

    President Uhuru may God bless you abundantly fill you wisdom and cover you with his precious blood and give a very long and happy life, you are one in a million , you have a heart of gold. This is a great lesson to me as i don’t forgive easily to always let go.

    Thank u again and God bless you.

    • Idris

      May 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Which enemies! Just coz they come from certain communities does not mean that they voted for CORD. I hail from the same community and yet I did not vote for CORD. In any case different political affiliations dont necessarily make us enemies. Lets shed off the tribal tag for a moment and move on Reginah. Meanwhile hongera our President!

    • Mike

      May 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      What rubbish is this? Are you the kind of person who will only be charitable to your own tribe?

  9. Nairobi gal

    May 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

    When some of us said UK was a God gift to Kenya and that he was anointed by God, i can remember the kind of words that were exchanged. Now I guess most of us kinda believe abt that. Some things just don happen from the blues… this Otonglo guy was not even the number one in the festivals … but look where God has placed him, for non-believers just know this- there are no coincidences in God’s working and it never matters who he is gonna use to get to you.. It stands a a testimony to most people, whether you benefit directly or not at all. Kudos to Mr. Prezzo, esp on that bit of taking him for a tour yourself!!! Is this a president or some kind of an angel…you made them feel so comfy they didn’t even need to go look for clothes to impress you… I saw the shoes the mum and sis had…and i thot… i never need smart shoes to walk on that carpet!

  10. martin

    May 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

    God bless you Mr. President…

  11. Pastor Mutua

    May 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Other leaders should follow suit, we have so many young men and women just like this guy who don’t have basic needs, their leaving condition are not suitable. As we praise the President for his kindness we should urge others to follow his footsteps to change the destiny of the young ones. I believe that whatever we instill in our young ones today will determine how they will turnout in the future, whether good or bad. what we are witnessing now from our President is what was instill in him by his parents at a tender age. therefore if we want good governance in our society lets instill good moral. after all whatever you plant today is what you harvest tomorrow!

  12. mary

    May 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Mr president, you are the man we have always trusted God for. May God give you wisdom to lead this Nation and bring hope to many


    May 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

    You were born to be a president,you show it all

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