Portrait of a lady, day eleven

ANITA TOTH As a journalist for Hungarian daily Nemzeti Sport, Anita Toth - 33 years old - is covering her 6th edition of the Dakar. A student in communication and PR at the University of Budapest, Anita has been sent to Nemzeti Sport as...

ANITA TOTH

As a journalist for Hungarian daily Nemzeti Sport, Anita Toth - 33 years old - is covering her 6th edition of the Dakar. A student in communication and PR at the University of Budapest, Anita has been sent to Nemzeti Sport as a trainee and since then, she has not left the motor sport column. "My father is a soccer coach and - of course - I wanted to write about soccer. Unfortunately, in Hungary, as a woman, it is impossible to write about soccer... so I covered the Hungarian Bike Championship. In 2002, Szalay and Palik, who was his co-pilot back then, set up a pretty serious team for the Dakar and decided to invite a journalist to come along. This is how I landed in this wonderful race and sport... For my first Dakar, Szalay and Palik withdrew in Atar and I ended up all alone in a sandstorm that lasted several days... It was pretty horrible but the Dakar has something magical because despite all of that, comes September, I do all I can to be allowed back on the Dakar! Unfortunately, each year, it is increasingly difficult to find the budget for it...

I love the Dakar because it takes me to wonderful, gorgeous and unexpected places. Here, I can write the most beautiful stories because it is not just motorsport; it is mainly great human stories playing out on the trail. Here, the contenders play it fair, respect each other and everyone is available and talks to each other... it is so different from race tracks... I also love places at the end of the world like Mauritania where no one can reach me by phone..."

-credit: aso

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