[QODLink]
Sport
Rider dies in Dakar Rally crash
Argentine motorcyclist Jorge Martinez Boero suffers fatal injuries in opening stages of event held in South America.
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2012 17:23
The race is considered one of the most dangerous in the motor sport calendar [EPA]

Argentine bike rider Jorge Martinez Boero died on Sunday following a crash on the first day of the Dakar Rally, a 15-day race that stretches across South America from Argentina to Peru.

Police officials said Martinez Boero died as he was being transported by helicopter to a hospital in Mar del Plata.

Details of the crash were not immediately available, but reports said he died from head and chest injuries.

The Dakar Rally began Sunday with racers embarking on the first leg from the Atlantic coastal city of Mar del Plata to Santa Rosa, Argentina.

The race, considered one of the most dangerous in motor sports, ends on January 15 in Lima, Peru.

Martinez Boero, 38, was participating in his second Dakar Rally.

This is the fourth consecutive year the event is being held in South America.

The rally was held in Africa until 2007 but moved for security reasons to South America in 2009. The race was not held in 2008.

Source:
AP
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.