President Miloš Zeman is due to remain in office until early 2023. But that hasn’t stopped names of possible successors already appearing in the media. Mr. Zeman’s defeated opponent in last year’s runoff, Jiří Drahoš, says a second run is definitely “in play”, while ex-sports star Dominik Hašek has also signalled his interest.
The legendary Czech ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek, dubbed The
Dominator, has not ruled out running for president, when Miloš Zeman’s
second term in office expires in 2023.
Hašek said in an interview for Radio Impuls that he could well imagine himself in the top post, although he was not actively preparing for such a move now. “Who knows what may happen in three years’ time - anything is possible,” he told the radio host.
In his 16-season National Hockey League career, Hašek played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators.
During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he led the Czech national ice hockey team to its first and only Olympic gold medal. The crowds at home welcomed him with the chant “Hašek na Hrad” or “Hašek at Prague Castle”. He retired in 2012.
It is not just at local markets where gingerbread in all shapes and colours can be found. Baking the delicacy is a treasured tradition among most Czech families as well. On average each household bakes around eight types of gingerbreads, known as the perník, ahead of Christmas and children are often excited to partake in their preparation. To find out more about the way they are made, Radio Prague visited a museum that specialises in the baking of exquisite gingerbreads.
Czech jockey Jan Faltejsek won the 128th edition of the Grand Pardubice steeplechase on Sunday. The jockey, riding on seven-year-old Tzigane Du Berlais, triumphed for the fifth time. Second in the race came Radek Stromský o Hegnus, followed by Thomas Garner on Stretton. Sixteen out of 20 horses finished the race, which is the continent’s oldest steeplechase cross-country run.
The Czech Republic has a long tradition of horse racing and the most celebrated race of all is the Great Pardubice, or Velká pardubická. This is Europe’s most challenging steeplechase and is being run this weekend. There are many stories surrounding the race, but perhaps the most interesting – and certainly one of the least known – is that of the only woman to win the steeplechase. Her name was Lata Brandisová, and she won way back in 1937. Her remarkable story is the subject of a book, currently being written by the British journalist, Richard
Pardubice Airport is back in operation after a plane landing at the airport
careened off the runway. No one was hurt in the accident.
According to Czech Radio the accident happened in the aftermath of a strong heat storm and the pilot had problems breaking on the wet runway. There were 120 passengers on board.
A scheduled evening flight from Pardubice to Heraklion was dispatched from Prague. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Jaromír Jágr was one of the stars of the Czech squad that took ice hockey gold at the Nagano Olympics, which began 20 years ago on Wednesday. The veteran forward admits playing again at this year’s Olympics did cross his mind – and says the absence of NHL players increases Czech chances of repeating the famous victory of 1998.
The extreme Taxis Gladiator Race, copying the Velká Parbubice
Steeplechase, including the famous Taxis hurdle, saw its premiere in
Pardubice on Saturday. It proved a gruelling track for the 1,200
contestants, many of whom had to give up half-way. Freezing fog, mud and
ice- old water in which the contestants waded, weighed down by rubber
tyres, proved a major test of strength and stamina.
The track for human contestants was the same as for horses i.e. 6,900 metres but instead of 31 hurdles it had 39. The winner,Tomáš Tvrdík, covered the track in 33.5 minutes.