What sanctions in place against MAZ? I haven't done any digging so I'm not being snarky, just looking to shortcut to the answer.Looks like it reflects sanctions already in place since June against MAZ so no real surprise there.
We'll see more of this as time goes by - just like the WTA pulling competition in China over the Peng Shuai story.
Yep you got it. Extracted from Wikipedia but for the EU:Got it...OK...so it appears that the ASO is sanctioning the corporate team because of the things that Belarus has been doing including the hijacking of an airline (?) but not sanctioning or banning individual Belarus competitors...
MAZ is a state owned company (don't really have those much here) and THAT company is under EU and as of today I believe US sanctions due to the actions of the government as essentially MAZ and the government are one and the same.
Same reason that a US company can't do business with an Iranian company or North Korean company even if that US company is operating in lets say Russia where there are not sanctions against Iran or NK...the US restrictions persist everywhere. Same here. The ASO as an EU organization is subject to EU sanctions wherever it goes. So it couldn't support a MAZ interaction whether the event was in Saudi, in Belarus itself, Russia or anywhere...Same thing would occur here if one of the Iranian state owned auto manufacturers fielded a team to run in BITD...BITD as an American corporation could not interact or do business with that Iranian company. I don't like the mix of politics and Dakar...but the ASO had no choice here.
The Council introduced economic sanctions against the Belarusian regime, targeting among others sectors such as telecommunications, dual use goods, petroleum, potash, tobacco and the capital markets.www.consilium.europa.eu
There would never be USA state sponsored riders/drivers, but that doesn’t really matter as the ASO will just come up with ways to penalize any American in contention anyway .
What’s the scoop on Americans this year? Obviously Brabec, Howes, and I’m guessing Shorty? AJ Jones in UTV for sure. Are Matlocks coming back with the Polaris program? Any Americans in the car field? Who am I missing? Currie went to Polaris and no more Dakar program and I actually don’t see him promoting Polaris on social media much at all either.