The inconvenience to the public should be weighed up against the benefits for Nicosia and Cyprus in general from the staging of the Cyprus Rally, the organising committee of the even said on Thursday.
“The inconvenience to the public should be contrasted with the enormous benefits for Nicosia and Cyprus in general from the organisation of such a competition,” the organisers said, expressing their sincere apologies and sympathy to the public following the chaos and congestion caused by the diversion of traffic on the capital’s roads on Wednesday during the trial run of the special stage to be held there Saturday.
The committee went on to explain that they had repeated meetings with the police in order to prepare the most effective plan to keep inconvenience for public to the minimal possible. This was made public through both mass media and social media in a timely manner, they claimed.
The statement went on to blame the urban structure of the city and the absence of a ring-road for the lack of relief from traffic congestion, saying they did not help in staging similar events attracting mass public audiences.
Finally, the statement reminded the public that the race was covered by the international media with a huge audience of more than 18 million viewers around the world bringing in foreign exchange of more than €10m as well as many other benefits for the island.