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Racist Attacks: FIA Leaps to Defence of Kenyan Driver in Sweden

The World Rally Championship (WRC) governing body the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), has leaped to the defence of Kenyan driver McRae Kimathi in the wake of racist abuse against the junior driver.

The 27-year-old who is navigated by compatriot Mwangi Kioni has been on the receiving end of racial abuse on social media platforms, since the start of February when he did his pre-season test.

Kimathi is the only black driver and the only one from Africa in Sweden for the 2022 Junior World Rally Championships where he is making his debut in the completion.

FIA has leaped to the defence of the Kenyan, saying, in a statement, that racism has no room in sport or in society.

In the build-up to Rally Sweden, FIA Junior WRC competitor McRae Kimathi has been subjected to racist abuse on social media. We condemn racist abuse and any form of discrimination towards our teams, competitors and fans,” FIA said in a statement.

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FIA maintains that it is committed to eradicating the vice in the sport, saying that it will ensure all racist remarks and perpetrators are reported to the authorities.

According to the federation, most of the racist segregation remarks on social media have already been reported.

“We will take all necessary steps to help ensure that any abuse is duly reported to the relevant authority. We are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport and abuse must be highlighted and eliminated,” the statement adds.

Despite the distractions, Kimathi is not only determined to gain more experience from the championship but also give his competitors a run for their money.

“We’ll try and learn as much as possible to gain experience. I want to learn the roads and the different surface, which will probably help me in the future,” said the junior rally driver named after legendary rally driver Colin McRae.

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