Pandemic might jeopardise motor sport
13 August 2020 | Sports
Windhoek Motor Club (WMC) chairperson Richard Slamet says the coronavirus pandemic might jeopardise all the hard work the motor sport sector has been putting in over the years.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Slamet, who is also the chairperson of the Tara Rally, said this year, the most anticipated event in the racing calendar will not take place. “The Tara Rally is definitely off for 2020, and the WMC will not be hosting any national championships for this year, but we are, however, considering, and depending on which way the pandemic goes and what government adopts as well as what the sports council allows, we might host a few club events as soon as possible and viable,” he said.
Slamet added that the pandemic has had a huge effect on motor sport in the country this year.
“We have been rebuilding the brand of motor sport over the last couple of years and we fear that all the progress we have made can be in jeopardy as we might start to lose competitors and sponsors due to financial challenges,” Slamet said.
This year, the motor sport family only managed to host events during January and February before the national state of emergency was declared in March, leading to the cancellation of all their planned activities for the year.