The first edition of the Middle East Peace Tour (MEPT) will take place in March 2019.
Organizer Gerhard Schönbacher explains the decision as follows.
"We have been working on the practical implementation of the multi-day race with a lot of enthusiasm for four years. However, we have encountered more hurdles than originally expected. For a project of this magnitude a lot of things only reveal themselves once you start working on the detailed processes. The current implementation phase has resulted in a few milestones taking longer to complete than originally planned and those can only be resolved on-site. Over the next few days I will be traveling to the Middle East again to do exactly that.
"We will be able to cross those hurdles together with the support of local authorities. We are certain that everything will fall into place smoothly for 2019 and that we will be able to deliver a perfectly organised race for all athletes and supporters. This idea of a transnational project for peace deserves nothing less! We have 18 months to get our processes on location back on track and are hoping to set a world-wide example for peace.
"In conclusion I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly positive encouragement, which we have received already. We have numerous registrations already, which shows that our idea has been embraced by the international sports and cycling communities. The participants have already been informed of the date change and we've had a good number of replies with confirmations of interest for 2019 already."
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