One million crowns: that is how much the Czech national football team will have to pay as a fine for inappropriate conduct following the team's loss to Germany in a Euro 2008 qualifying match on Saturday. What apparently began as a meeting between players to discuss their disappointing loss at the team's hotel, turned into a party that lasted well into the early hours.
In Sport News this week: Czech footballers suffer a setback in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a defeat at home to Germany; Ice hockey's Extraliga champions Sparta Prague edge closer to a second successive final, and cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova finally calls time on a glittering career.
Up to now, Czechs have always had to cheer on their Olympic heroes like Emil Zatopek and Jan Zelezny from afar, in such far flung places as Helsinki and Seoul. In the not-too-distant future, however, people from the Czech Republic may be able to enjoy the Olympic spectacle in their own backyard, as it looks increasingly likely that Prague may make a bid for the 2016 Olympics. But can the Czech capital really manage to host such a massive event?
Dagmar Damkova is one of the leading female football referees in the world. In 2003 she made history here in the Czech Republic, when she became the first woman to officiate in the men's first division, while at the end of last season she became possibly the first woman in the world to referee a national cup final. But now Damkova has been struck off the list of top flight refs for the second half of the season. The referees' commission say it is because she failed to complete a fitness test - even though she was ill at the time. I asked her if
In Sports News this week: Speed skater Martina Sablikova wins another world cup event and breaks a world record in the process; Alpine skier Sarka Zahrobska wins silver in a world cup slalom race; Sparta Prague are through to the semi-finals of ice hockey's Extra Liga while their footballing counterparts suffer a shock defeat.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle become the oldest man to win the heptathlon at the European Indoors Athletics Championships, his third title in a row; long-jumper Denisa Scerbova takes her first medal at senior level; Martina Slabikova is the first Czech ever to win the speed skating World Cup; and Lukas Bauer is satisfied with fifth in the last race of the Nordic World Ski Championships.
In the east Moravian town of Prerov it must be a curious sight: amateur swimmer Pavel Poljansky walking around town in a t-shirt and shorts in chilly temperatures and training daily in the "freezing" Becva River. Why is he doing it? All in preparation to become the first European to swim across the world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca.
In Sports News this week: the Czech cross country skier Katerina Neumannova takes silver in the ladies' 15 km pursuit at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan - but can she go all the way and win gold in Tuesday's 10 km free?; Czech football goalkeeper Petr Cech wins his first medal of the season as Chelsea lift England's League Cup; and Milan Baros gets a goal in his first full game for Lyon.