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Saudi eyes bid for World Rally Championship stage

Governor of Makkah Province says he is keen to bring motorsport to kingdom.

Saudi eyes bid for World Rally Championship stage
RALLYING CALL: The governor of Makkah is keen to bring the World Rally Championships to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is looking into the possibility of hosting a stage of the World Rally Championships, one of the most popular motorsport events.

The Saudi province of Makkah, home to the holy city visited by Muslims on the hajj and umrah pilgrimages, has expressed an interest in hosting a rally event.

Following in the footsteps of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, both of which are on the Formula 1 calendar, Prince Khalid Al Faisal Ibn Abdulaziz, the governor of Makkah Province, is keen to bid for the prestigious event, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

On Sunday, the governor received Meshal Al Sudairi, president of Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and Mohammed Al Omari, executive director of Tourism Department in the Province.

According to the SPA, they discussed the possibility of hosting a stage of the world rally championships as well as the Prince's desire to organise driving skills' races for youths.

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is organised by the FIA, and currently consists of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice.

Each rally is split into 15-25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.

The sport's commercial rights are administered by International Sportsworld Communicators, who also produce the daily event highlights shown in 186 countries.

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