A sports journalist who attended the Overdose press conference yesterday in Alag, near Budapest, contacted me recently by email to give a first-hand account of what transpired. She goes by the moniker “Zeet” (She asked that I not reveal her real name), and you may have read the following comment that she wrote under yesterday’s post (all unedited):
Im an ethnic Hungarian from Slovakia and appreciate that you make this status of Mr. Mikóczy clear in your posts.
Btw, I was present at the press conference yesterday, I also wonder what happens to Overdose now. I got connected with this sport thanks to Overdose (covering mainly football, figure skating, handball and such stuff), I know just a little about it, so Im glad to find your blog.
In the email today, she wrote: It was held at the training center in Alag (this is part of Budapest). Mr. Mikóczy and Mr. Lajos Vajtó, the general manager of the Nemzeti Lóverseny kft. (National Horseracing Ltd.) were present on the press conference, but Mr. Ribarszki and Ms. Budinszky were also in the area and they also answered questions if asked. Mário Hoffmann was not present.
In general Mr. Mikóczy explained the situation about being arrested, he claims he is not guilty, he thinks all this was created against him. (if you need details on this case I can try to translate, but this is a difficult story and right now Im too tired to think about all the legal expressions) Then they talked about Overdoses future. Mikóczy said Overdose would remain “Hungarian” no matter if Ribarszki goes to Germany or not. So it is sure that he will race for Hungary. What is not sure is where he will be trained, they are discussing various possibilities with the team. Mikóczy says it would be a pity if this winning team had to split up, so they consider that Ribarszki could train Overdose in Germany for the period of time allowed by the rules (so Overdose doesnt have to switch “nationality”), or maybe Ribarszki would travel back every once a while to supervise the work with Overdose. Everything will be sure until the end of January.
The injury of Overdose is healing in the way it should, Mikóczy thinks he can start in a race in late spring, early summer. There are photos of the event on pannoniaoverdose.hu website.