In Sports News this Monday: Czechs mourn three hockey players killed in the Yaroslavl plane crash; in football, Vitkoria Plzeň prepare for their first Champions League game; tennis player Jiří Veselý loses in the US Open boys’ singles final; the Czech men’s volleyball team secures a spot in the European championships’ play-offs; and Czech canoeist Kateřina Hošková claims the gold medal at the slalom world championships.
Thousands of people gathered in Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday to
pay their respects to ice hockey stars Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef
Vašíček, the three Czech players who were killed in a plane crash near
the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday. The official commememorative
ceremony was moderated by Czech TV sports commentator Robert Zárub and
opened by ten minutes of silence in honor of the plane crash victims. A
sermon by Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka followed. The president of the
Czech ice hockey federation Tomáš Král, famous ice hockey players such
as Jaromír Jágr, Patrick Eliáš as well as the coaches Alois Hadamczik
and Vladimír Růžička attended the ceremony. As a tribute to the three
deceased players, their numbers – Rachůnek’s four, Marek’s 15 and
Vašíček’s 63 – will not be used by the Czech national team in the
On Wednesday, a Yak-42 plane came down shortly after take off from the Russian city of Yaroslavl and burst into flames. The players were taking off for Minsk for the first match of the season. Among the 43 victims were Russian and European hockey players.
A military plane carrying the bodies of three Czech ice hockey stars who were killed in a tragic plane crash near the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday arrived at Prague’s military airport Kbely in the early hours of Saturday. The president of the Czech ice hockey federation, Tomáš Král, as well as relatives of the deceased players received the bodies of Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef Vašíček at the airport, from where they will be transported to their families. The public will pay their respects to the three Czech victims of this week’s tragic air accident on Sunday afternoon at Old Town Square in Prague. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, a passenger plane carrying almost all of the Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl went down near the city’s airport and caught fire. The crash caused 43 deaths; one person is reported to have survived, though he is in critical condition with severe burns.
The public will pay their respects to the three Czech victims of this week’s tragic air accident on Sunday afternoon at Old Town Square in Prague. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. The bodies of hockey stars Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef Vašíček were returned to the Czech Republic by a special government flight from Moscow, where they were identified. A passenger plane carrying almost all of the Russian hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl went down near the city’s airport on Wednesday and caught fire. The crash caused 43 deaths; one person is reported to have survived, though he is in critical condition with severe burns.
In related news, the Czech embassy in Moscow received preliminary confirmation from Russian authorities that the bodies of Czech ice hockey stars Karel Rachůnek and Jan Marek had been identified on Thursday. The two, along with the Czech hockey star Josef Vašíček, were among the victims of Wednesday’s crash of a Yak-42 plane in which 43 people were killed. The Czech embassy is working to ensure that the bodies of the Czech crash victims be returned to the country as quickly as possible. According to Russian media, emergency response teams have been working at the site of the crash to identify the victims’ bodies; in roughly half of the cases, victims’ identities were confirmed.
A memorial to mark the tragic death of three Czech ice hockey stars kicked
off in Prague on Thursday. In the afternoon, hundreds of people gathered
the square, where a makeshift shrine of flags, Jerseys and tricolor flags
had been assembled during an impromptu gathering on Wednesday night. Czech
ice hockey player Patrik Eliáš was among those who lit a candle in
of the victims of Wednesday’s plane crash, in which 43 people were
killed, among them the Czech players Karel Rachůnek, Josef Vašíček and
A Yak-42 plane came down shortly after take off from the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday and burst into flames. The players were taking off for Minsk for the first match of the season. Among the 43 victims were Russian and European hockey players. Only two passengers survived and are in critical condition with severe burns.
The Czech Republic is mourning the loss of its three ice hockey stars in a plane crash that will be remembered as one of the worst sporting tragedies in history. Jan Marek, Karel Rachůnek and Josef Vašíček were among the 43 victims of Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Russia which wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.
An aircraft carrying the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl has crashed, killing at least 36 people, among them three star Czech hockey players: Karel Rachůnek, Josef Vašíček a Jan Marek. The Yak-42 passenger plane went down near the city of Yaroslavl in north-eastern Russia on its way to a match in Belarus, the first of the season. One person on board is reported to have survived. The Russian news agency Interfax has cited officials as saying that the plane was having difficulty gaining altitude and hit a runway antenna, after which it crashed and caught fire. Other victims apparently include Slovak legend Pavol Demitra and Swedish goalkeeper Liv Stefan. IIHF President René Fasel called the day the blackest in the history of the sport.
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The famous Czech ice-hockey defenseman Oldřich Macháč died at the age
of 65 on Wednesday morning. The three-time World Champion had been
suffering from heart disease for a period of time.
Oldřich Macháč, who was most of the time paired with his friend and team mate František Pospíšil, played in nearly 300 national team games for Czechoslovakia and scored a total of 37 goals. He represented the country at 11 IHF Championships and three Olympic tournaments and was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.
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