MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) - The 10th edition of the Silk Way Rally was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, BelTA learned from the press service of the Silk Way Rally.
The whole world is now living in hope for the imminent end of the pandemic, the statement from the press service reads. Strict adherence to the restrictions is essential for this long-awaited moment to come as soon as possible. The 10th edition of the Silk Way international rally is therefore canceled.
“The health and safety of all those involved in organizing and hosting the competition remain a priority. The Silk Way Rally is a transnational project, the work on which does not stop for a moment. The organizers are optimistic about the future and are already beginning to work on the new 2021 edition,” the press service noted.
Initially, the route of the race was to pass through Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Later, however, in order to prevent the risks associated with the epidemic and to ensure the successful conduct of the 10th edition, the Russian Directorate together with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) decided to change the route. The rally was to take place in Russia only: to start in Red Square in Moscow on 3 July and to finish in Kazan on 11 July.
The Silk Way Rally 2019 ran through Russia, China and Mongolia from 6 July to 16 July. A MAZ crew piloted by Aleksandr Vasilevski placed sixth, which was the highest result among Belarusian crews.