WINDHOEK, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Namibia is set to host the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2024, a Friday announcement revealed.
Having previously been held on every continent, the Trophy returns to Africa, where it began in 2008. This will be the third time the GS Trophy has been staged in Africa, with Tunisia (2008) and South Africa (2010) having previously hosted the event.
"After Tunisia, South Africa, Canada, Thailand, Mongolia, New Zealand, and most recently Albania, BMW Motorrad was again on the lookout for perfect GS terrain - and found it in the beautiful country of Namibia. Countless off-road kilometers with challenging route profiles passing through marvellous landscapes with fascinating flora and fauna once again ensure an exciting GS Trophy," said Ralf Rodepeter, Head of Brand Management at BMW.
There will be 15 national qualifying events and one international qualifying round worldwide.
To secure a place on one of the 22 national teams, participants are required to perform GPS navigation exercises, off-road rides and technical tests, the statement read.
"The women's teams that prevail at the national level will win a trip to the international female qualifying round, where a total of six women's teams will be selected for the much-coveted seats on the plane to Namibia, along with the 16 men's teams," the statement added.