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03/01/2018

ASO’s bustling
Peruvian HQ

 

 

 

 

With only a few days remaining before the 2018 Dakar gets under way, ASO’s temporary Latin American headquarters is a hive of activity. The organiser of the world’s biggest rally set up its base at the Las Palmas army camp in Lima on December 30. The spot is heavily guarded by the same soldiers who will provide security for the Pope’s visit to the Peruvian capital on January 18.

 

 

The huge camp is fronted by palm trees and a number of planes, while the inside houses office space, the media centre, a paddock given over to scrutineering and a cafeteria. A staff of more than 150 is busy working on the two floors at their disposal and their individual roles can be identified by the colour of the tee-shirts they are wearing: red for the sporting personnel, sky blue for the medical team and navy blue for the organisational squad.

Some can be seen settling in, others are busy recovering their yellow bags, and there are also numerous helpers who have travelled from across South America to serve as drivers, security guards or logistics assistants. Those who work on the event every year are glad to catch up with friends they made on previous events.

It’s a moment for last-minute preparations, meetings with partners and security arrangements in association with the local army, police, medical authorities, etc., while telephones and other packages are being handed out to those who will need them. The marketing and hospitality people can be spotted opening boxes and preparing invitations and wristbands. Every supplier is given a bag containing its accreditation documents, maps, timetables, etc. The stream of competing cars, trucks and bikes is being directed by the Competition Department as vehicles arrive to attend technical and admistrative scrutineering, and the TV people are fine-tuning their plans for the coming fortnight.

D-3 Ready for take-off

 

 


 

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