President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded the World Rally Championship (WRC), terming it an excellent motor sporting event that positively impacted the country's economy.
President Kenyatta said since its return last year, the international motor sporting event has raised the country's profile by attracting renowned motorsports giants.
The President spoke on Sunday afternoon when he awarded the winners of this year's Safari Rally in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
"Thank you very much for your partnership and cooperation, and to the people of Kenya, you will see this is an event in our blood. Let me also remind you that it is not only an event that is in our blood because of our history but also an event that impacts us economically and positions us globally," President Kenyatta said.
At the same time, the President called on Kenyans to continue supporting the event as a sporting activity and an economic one.
"An event like this is not just about the drivers and the crews; it's also about every single person who is a participant from the hotels that are occupied, to the waiters who serve them, from those that do traffic management to those who are spectators, and those who are vendors for various items. It is an event that brings money to the pockets of citizens.
"As we promote it, we promote not just the sport, we also promote our own economic wellbeing, and that is how I would want Kenyans to view it. Don't look at the event with a small lens but rather see it in a bigger picture. Let's see it as an event which will help us prosper," said the President.
The Kenyan Head of State thanked all stakeholders who helped bring the WRC back to Kenya and congratulated the winners for demonstrating the true spirit of sportsmanship.
"We are here today to really celebrate the second year that we have hosted the return of the Safari Rally back on the WRC circuit. We are here to say how happy and proud we are to be together with all our partners and racing lovers across the globe as we celebrate our drivers as we celebrate their cruise across the globe.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.