In Sports News: Respected football coach and former player Ivan Hašek is given a broad mandate as the new chairman of Czech FA; Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štepánek make it to the 4th round at Wimbledon; In hockey, only three Czechs are chosen in the 2009 NHL draft; and Ondřej Polívka wins the modern pentathlon at the European Championships in Germany.
Ivan Hašek has been named chairman of the Czech FA. Delegates from the Czech and Moravian chambers voted overwhelmingly in Hašek’s favour over the only other contender for the post Luděk Vinš. Hašek received 167 votes overall, to Vins’ 32. After the result, Mr Hašek congratulated the other candidate and appealed to delegates to elect close associates of his to the deputy leadership, to allow for broader changes in the running of the association. The 45-year-old Hašek is a former player for Sparta Prague, as well as a highly-respected coach.
The Czech hockey team failed to grab a medal at this year’s World Championship in Switzerland after being eliminated by Sweden in the quarter finals. The disappointment came despite the fact that the Czech line-up included several stars of the NHL, arguably the best hockey competition in the world. One of the players who joined the Czech squad in Switzerland is Patrik Eliáš, the forward of the New Jersey Devils and our guest in this week’s edition of One on One.
In Sports News this Monday: young Czech defender Jan Šimůnek wins the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg; with Slavia having taken the Czech league title attention has turned to the fight for second place, with Sparta currently edging it over Liberec; Robert “Bobby” Holík retires after 18 seasons in ice hockey’s NHL; and Czech handball star Filip Jícha puts his club Kiel ahead in the final of the sport’s Champions League.
The Czech ice hockey player Robert “Bobby” Holík has said he is retiring after 18 seasons in the NHL. In an interview for the New York Post, Holík, 38, said he had decided at the end of the season that he wanted to spend more time with his family. The centre won two Stanley Cups with the club where he spent the best part of his career, the New Jersey Devils. His father Jaroslav Holík won the 1972 world championships with Czechoslovakia and seven national championships with Dukla Jihlava.
In Sports News this Monday: Tomáš Berdych wins his first title of the season after an epic battle with Russia’s Youzhny in the final of the Munich Open; with an eight-point lead and only three games to go, Slavia Prague seem assured of winning the Czech football league again; Czech-born golfer Alex Čejka squanders the biggest final day lead in the history of the Players Championship; and questions are being asked about where it went wrong for the Czechs at the world ice hockey championships.
In the NHL playoffs, Martin Havlát scored a goal and earned an assist to help his team Chicago defeat Vancouver in Game 4. Havlát tied the game with less than three minutes remaining, and then assisted on the winner in overtime. Chicago’s series with Vancouver is now tied at two-apiece. The next game takes place in Vancouver on Saturday.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team was defeated by Sweden on Thursday at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Switzerland. The final score was 3:1. The loss means that the Czechs are out, with no shot at a medal for the third straight year. During the quarterfinal game the Czechs failed to capitalise on the power play while the Swedes went ahead. Afterwards, coach Vladimír Růžička expressed disappointment, making clear the lone goal simply wasn’t enough. Czech fans had hoped the team might go further through the leadership of players like Jaromír Jágr.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”