For years Czech football has been dogged by allegations of corruption at the highest levels - many fans believe the beautiful game is rotten to the core. On Wednesday there was some satisfaction for those who want to see the game cleaned up. The former president of Viktoria Zizkov, Ivan Hornik, was given a suspended sentence and fined almost a million crowns on match-fixing charges.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle takes bronze in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow; ski jumper Jakub Janda is extremely close to taking an historic World Cup title, while cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova comes second in her second-last meeting of the season; Liberec lose, and lose goaltender Milan Hnilicka, in their opening game in ice hockey's Extraliga playoffs; and Slovan Liberec forge further ahead in the Czech football league.
Jan's guest in One on One is Zdenek Marek. Born in 1925 in the heart of Moravia, in the town of Prostejov - Zdenek Marek made his fame in the late 1940s playing ice hockey for some of Czechoslovakia's top teams, including Sparta Prague. More importantly, he was a member of the national team that won the 1949 World Championship in Sweden. The event changed his life. The occasion allowed Marek to escape from Czechoslovakia - where the Iron Curtain was descending - to start anew in the West. Jan spoke to Mr Marek - now in his 80s - via phone to New
In Sports, success in Scandinavia this weekend as ski jumper Jakub Janda returns to form in Finland while cross country skier Stanislav Rezac scores well at the Vasaloppet marathon in Sweden. The Czech ice hockey Elite League regular season moves into its final round, while Slovan Liberec extends its lead in the Czech soccer league and Jaromir Jagr reaches another milestone.
Czech footballer Milan Baros shot to international fame in 2004 when he was top scorer at the European Championships. A year later he won the Champions League with Liverpool, but the club let him go soon afterwards, and he joined the less glamorous Aston Villa, where he has yet to make a real impact. The striker is currently with the Czech squad, who are in Turkey for a friendly international. Before he left, I asked Milan Baros how he was enjoying life at Aston Villa after six months at the club.
The Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has just been named Czech Footballer of the Year for the first time. The award is the latest in a very impressive series of records and other achievements for Cech, who is still only 23. Like the rest of the Czech squad he is currently in Prague preparing for a friendly against Turkey on Wednesday. Before the game, and before Monday's Footballer of the Year awards, I asked Petr Cech how much - with three months till kick-off - this summer's World Cup is on his mind.
Monday marked the return of one of the Czech Republic's greatest sporting heroines, as Katerina Neumannova, the holder of the country's only gold medal in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, finally arrived back in Prague. Much excitement surrounded her homecoming, with Neumannova, who undoubtedly provided the jewel in the crown for this year's Czech Olympic team, having achieved both silver in the Women's 15km pursuit and gold in the Women's 30km cross country skiing events. Chris Jarrett spoke to Neumannova about her recent success and plans for the
In Sports News: in her sixth and last Olympic Games cross-country Katerina Neumannova finally wins her first gold, as the Czech Republic records its highest tally of medals since the state's foundation; the Czech ice hockey team win bronze in Turin and the "golden" generation begin hanging up their international skates; and Czech tennis number one Radek Stepanek finally wins his first ATP title after losing in three previous finals.
People around the Czech Republic stayed up late on Wednesday night to cheer on the Czech ice hockey team, who - in an intriguing twist of fate - faced former federal partners Slovakia in the quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics in Turin. All the disappointment with the Czech Republic's poor results in the group stage were forgotten on Wednesday, as the Czech team finally gelled and won 3:1 to reach the semi-finals.