Final farewells were paid to the great gymnast Věra Čáslavská at Prague’s National Theatre on Monday. Athletes from across the generations, ministers and other notable figures from Czech public life expressed their respect for the nation’s most successful Olympian, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 74.
Czech sporting personalities as well as the prime minister and ministers paid tribute to seven times Czech Olympic gold medal gymnast Věra Cášlavská on Monday. A special peal of bells from Prague’s St Vitus Cathedral rang out just before 10 am. An hour long tribute to the gymnast, who died at the age of 74 on August 30, followed at Prague’s National Theatre. The event was attended by many current sports personalities as well as those from the past. Exceptional was one of the words that cropped up most often. Cášlavská dominated gymnastics for almost a decade winning her haul of gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and those at Mexico in 1968. She is revered in her country for her support of the reforms that were crushed in the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. In spite of severe pressure and persecution from Communist authorities, she refused to retract her support for one of the main manifestos of the reform movement.
The funeral of legendary Czech gymnast Věra Cašlavská took place on Thursday at the Šumperk crematoria with out the public and media. Last respects were given earlier at a Catholic church at nearby Bělá Pod Pradedem, in the north-east of the country, the news server Echo24 reported. Cašlavská, the winner of seven gold medals at the Tokyo and Mexico Olympics in 1964 and 1968, died at the age of 74 on August 30. A one hour tribute to the most successful ever Czech Olympic competitor will be paid in Prague’s National Theatre on Monday. Cašlavská was also know for her support of reforms ahead of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and was persecuted by the Communist authorities afterwards for refusing to renounce her earlier views.
Czechs have been from Friday able to pay homage to the Olympic star gymnast and critic of the 1986 invasion of Czechoslovakia, Věra Cašlavská. A steady stream of people laid flowers and signed a commemorative book at a small square besides Prague’s National Theatre from Friday morning. The homage to the seven times Olympics gold medal winner will continue until mid-day on Monday, when an hour long tribute to Cašlavská will be held at the theatre. It will include a ballet performance, theatre, and comments from fellow sports personalities and figures. Cašlavská, a star of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and Mexico Olympics four years later, died at the age of 74 on August 30. As well as her sporting triumphs, she was also known for her support of reforms in Czechoslovakia and opposition to the moves following the Warsaw Pact invasion that year to roll them back. She was persecuted by the Communist authorities for signing a text in favour of the reforms.
The public will have a chance to pay their last respects to the Czech gymnastics legend Věra Čáslavská, who died this week at the age of 74, in the National Theatre on September 12. The commemorative event will be organised by the Czech Olympic Committee. The family of Věra Čáslavská had turned down proposals for a state funeral. The most successful ever Czech Olympic athlete, who won seven gold medals in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games, was also a vocal critic of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and persecuted for signing the pro-reform manifesto "Two Thousand Words".
The sad news was announced on Wednesday that the most successful ever Czech Olympic athlete, Věra Čáslavská, died at the age of 74. She had been battling cancer of the pancreas. The gymnast will be remembered not just for her medals but for her protest against the Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Tributes have been paid to the gymnastics legend Věra Čáslavská, who has died at the age of 74. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Czech and world sport had lost one of the greatest icons. The country’s foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said Čáslavská had enjoyed unparalleled fame but at the same time was a modest and brave fighter. The head of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval, said the most successful Czech Olympian ever with seven gold medals had always been an example to others as a sportsperson and thanks to her civic positions and the remarkable fighting spirit she showed in her private life.
Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská, whose seven gold medals made her the country's most decorated Olympic athlete, has died at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer. Čáslavská's medals included golds in gymnastics in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic games. She was a vocal critic of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia and was banned from competing in the Olympics after signing the pro-reform manifesto "Two Thousand Words".
At a gala ceremony on Friday, the Czech Foreign Ministry handed out the annual Gratias Agit awards to 16 people, Czech expatriates as well as foreigners, who are promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. This year’s recipients included former gymnast and legendary athlete Věra Čáslavská, Czech-Amercian writer and illustrator Petr Sís, and ballet dancers Jiří and Otto Bubeníček.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek on Friday presented 16 laureates with the Gratias Agit award for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. Among those awarded this year are former gymnast and legendary athlete Věra Čáslavská, Czech-Amercian writer and illustrator Petr Sís, and ballet dancers Jiří and Otto Bubeníček. Several foreign nationals were recognised as well, including Carlo Capalbo, founder of the Prague International Marathon and a leading Czech scholar in Romania, Anca Irina Ionescu. The awards are held annually in the Great Hall at Czernin Palace – the headquarters of the Czech Foreign Ministry.