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Sarajevo targets Formula E race deal

Officials in Sarajevo are stepping up plans to bring a Formula E race to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) after a proposal from Mayor Abdulah Skaka was unanimously backed by the city council.

Skaka is targeting a round of the electric street racing series as a means to boost tourism and the economy in Sarajevo. The council will now need to approve €100,000 ($119,800) in funding for a feasibility study with Formula E organisers.

BiH website Klix.ba said six proposals are on the table for a circuit in the city centre, adding that talks were held between Skaka and Formula E officials in London last month.

A race deal of between three to five years is being targeted. Samir Cerić, who is leading the project, said: “This project is a chance, not only for the present, but also for future generations. I know that BiH and Sarajevo have enormous potential, and if they make some important decisions well and wisely, then we can change the whole environment positively.”

Sarajevo’s interest comes after Formula E added another new market to its calendar earlier this month. Saudi Arabia landed its latest major sporting event under the Vision 2030 plan by agreeing a 10-year deal with Formula E to stage the electric street racing series’ first race in the Middle East.

The agreement will see the capital city Riyadh host the opening round of season five in December. Formula E signed the contract with the General Sports Authority and Saudi Arabian Motor Federation as part of Vision 2030, which is seeking to diversify Saudi Arabia’s interests away from the oil sector.