The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has condemned racist attacks on social media targeted at young Kenyan rally driver McRae Kimathi, who is a debuting in this year’s Junior World Rally Championships starting Friday in Sweden.
“In the build-up to Rally Sweden, FIA Junior WRC competitor McRae Kimathi has been subjected to racist abuse on social media. We condemn racist abuse and any form of discrimination towards our teams, competitors and fans,” the FIA said in a statement late Wednesday evening.
“We will take all necessary steps to help ensure that any abuse is duly reported to the relevant authority. We are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport and abuse must be highlighted and eliminated,” FIA added.
Kimathi is the only Black driver in both the Sweden rally and the full Junior WRC campaign this year and is being navigated by compatriot Mwangi Kioni. They have been drafted as part of FIA’s rally Star programme that seeks to unearth and develop talent globally among young drivers.
The WRC Safari Rally and Kenya Motorsport federation are expected to release a statement on the attack on Kimathi.