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Same race, different continent? Chile offers to host Dakar Rally

Updated: January 8, 2008, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile -- The Chilean government will back a proposal to bring the Dakar Rally to South America after terrorist threats forced the cancellation of the off-road endurance race traditionally staged across the Sahara desert.

The head of the Chilean Tourism Service, Oscar Santelices, said a formal letter will be sent next week to the France-based rally organizer Amaury Sports Organization expressing Chile's interest to host it.

Santelices told local media, however, that ...

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