Famous Yalta Rally Fest that were held in Crimean city of Yalta for years, was moved to Ukraine’s western city Chernovtsy, newspaper Segodnya reports citing the founder and organizer of the rally Evheniy Chervonenko.
“International Auto Federation announced Crimea “occupied territory”. No member of the federation has a right to perform or train in Crimea”- he said, noting that it had been planned to conduct the rally in Ukraine-Russia format, still “it became impossible over the March events.
Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following Crimean referendum on region’s status.
Note: The Yalta Rally (also known as Yalta Rally Fest and Prime Yalta Rally) was held in Crimean resort city of Yalta since 1986. It was canceled in the 1990s. In 2005 the Yalta Rally was revived as part of the Ukrainian Rally Championship. In 2011 the rally became part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with Juho Hänninen becoming the first international winner of the event.