The Czech Republic’s Lukáš Krpálek has been crowned world champion in
the heavyweight, over 100 kg category at the World Judo Championships in
Tokyo. Krpálek, who is 28, beat Hisayoshi Harasawa of Japan in
He was previously world champion at a lower weight category but switched to 100kg+ after winning the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Prague galleries are for the first time hosting exhibitions by art
institutions from other countries as part of the international project
Friend of a Friend, iDnes.cz reported. In the course of the three-day
event, which ends on Sunday, galleries such as Berlinskej Model, Hunt
Kastner, Lítost, Polansky Gallery and Lucie Drdova Gallery are showing
works by around 30 artists from a number of European states.
Organisers say the project is intended to boost awareness of the current state of the Prague gallery scene within the European context.
Hundreds of police officers are out in force on the Czech Republic’s
motorways and roads for what is traditionally one of the most dangerous
weekends of the year, the end of the holiday season. Towing vehicles have
also been deployed on motorways in order to prevent tailbacks by quickly
removing cars that become involved in collisions.
Police say that a total of 41 people died over the nine weekends of the holiday period to date. On three occasions there were seven deaths, including on the traditionally risky first weekend of the season.
The Czech Republic’s Air Navigation Services have prepared for
investigators all the documents required to analyse a Smartwings flight in
which the pilots flew from Greece to Prague last week with only one
functioning engine, Czech Television reported. The documentation includes a
transcription of communication between dispatchers and the air crew, which
will reveal whether the team admitted to the engine malfunction.
The documents will be handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Institute. The materials are intended for investigators and will not be made public.
The mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, is under police protection after
receiving death threats in connection with a decision to cover up a
controversial statue of Soviet army commander Ivan Konev in the district.
The local authority had the monument, which has repeatedly been vandalised,
surrounded by a tarpaulin mounted on scaffolding on Friday. Activists then
pulled down the tarpaulin, before it was later put back.
Two people were arrested after another attempt to remove the cover on Friday night while another man pulled it down on Saturday.
The Russian Embassy said the statute actually needed to be protected from the Prague 6 council. The local authority has proposed moving it to a park close to the embassy.
The municipal state attorney’s office in Prague is expected to say on
Monday whether criminal charges will be brought against the Czech prime
minister, Andrej Babiš, and members of his family. The police have
recommended that charges be filed over suspicion of abuse of EU subsidies
in connection with Stork’s Nest, a hotel and conference centre near
Prague. The prosecutor had until the end of August to come to a decision on
the matter. The case file is reported to contain 23,000 pages.
Some members of the junior party in government, the Social Democrats, have called for ANO leader Babiš to stand down. However, party chairman Jan Hamáček says the Social Democrats will remain in the coalition even if the PM is charged.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the fourth round of the US Open in New
York. The Czech third seed overcame the Tunisian player Ons Jabeur 6-1 4-6
6-4 on Friday. It is the fourth year in a row that Plíšková has made it
into the second week of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Her compatriot Karolína Muchová was knocked out 3-6 2-6 in the third round by US star Serena Williams, a six-time winner at Flushing Meadows.
Five Czech Gripen fighter jets departed on a NATO mission to protect the
airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Friday. The Baltic states do
not have supersonic jets of their own, and allied members take turns
defending their airspace.
Czech pilots will be deployed at Amari base in Estonia until the end of the year, and undertake the mission in cooperation with alliance members Belgium and Denmark.