Racism and sexism in the Dakar

Racism and sexism in the Dakar

Rally Dakar 2021 The Koloc sisters suffer humiliating comments from Ales Loprais and Petr Pokora

En the Dakar Rally that ended last week there was a shameful incident of racism and sexism which has been censored by the FIA ​​in a forceful statement.

In a dialogue between the pilots Ales Loprais and Petr Pokora the first could be heard saying: “For the third time, I’m getting hard. Look, the black woman from Roudnice is going to the right.” And Pokora replied: “Well … That one is not bad, it is passable. The other one is not.” Both refer in a vexatious way to Aliyyah Koloc and her sister Yasmeen before the sixth stage started in Saudi Arabia.

Due to this unpleasant incident, the International Automobile Federation has issued the following statement: “The FIA, together with ASO and the FIA ​​ETRC, strongly condemns the unpleasant and degrading comments made to FIA ETRC truck racing drivers Aliyyah Koloc and her sister Yasmeen by two competitors in the Dakar. And continue to invest significant resources and experience in the development of initiatives to inspire and encourage the participation of girls and young women in motor sport. Adherence to ethical principles and the promotion of a diverse and inclusive culture in our sport are of the utmost importance to the FIA ​​and the FIA ​​Commission for Women in Motorsports. ”

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Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.