All eyes are on the northern town of Liberec at the moment for the Nordic World Ski Championships, described as the biggest sports event the Czech Republic has ever held. But the championships are attracting scrutiny of a different kind – this week the Supreme Audit Office filed criminal charges last week for fraud, loan fraud, and breach of trust.
This Wednesday evening sees the start of the Nordic World Ski Championship in Liberec – the most notable sports event in the Czech Republic in 2009. Never before have the Czechs hosted the Worlds, and all eyes here will be on Czech hopefuls, most notably last year’s World Cup cross-country skiing winner Lukáš Bauer.
Czech officials have tried - and tried again - to stamp out football hooliganism, but at last, say observers, a step in the right direction. On Monday, Czech police and the Czech Football Association (ČMFS) signed an agreement shifting responsibility for security to individual clubs. While the police will continue to monitor key games from outside stadiums, they will only move in if a situation gets out of hand.
In Sports News this Monday: Šárka Záhrobská takes silver in the slalom at the Alpine World Ski Championships; Martina Sáblíková wins her third race in a row in the Speed Skating World Cup, cementing her overall lead; Radek Štěpánek climbs to 19th in the world rankings after his career fourth title in San Jose, where he also picks up a doubles trophy; and talks on bringing the NHL to Prague again this autumn fall through.
In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková takes her first gold medal at the World Allround Speedskating Championships in Norway; the Czech Republic’s women’s tennis team reach the last four of the Fed Cup for the first time in years, setting up a home tie with the United States for a place in the final; and the Czech ice hockey team suffer a debacle at the Swedish Games.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková cements her lead in the World Cup standings and takes gold as part of the Czech team in the World Cup Team Pursuit; Zdeněk Štybar has mixed feelings about coming second in the Cyclocross World Championships two years in a row; and Jaromír Jágr disappoints Czech ice hockey fans by pulling out of the squad for the Swedish Games due to illness; Czech football league leaders Slavia Prague lose another key player; and Radoslav Kováč joins West Ham on loan.
The town of Liberec is bracing for the biggest event in its history - the Nordic World Ski Championship, which is due to kick off in less than three weeks’ time. The long awaited championship has many fans but it is not without its critics. Opponents say the event has received overly generous subsidies from the state and argue that given the country’s relatively mild climate a ski event is a luxury that the Czech Republic can ill-afford.
In Sports News this Monday: Lukáš Bauer wins his first World Cup event of the season, less than a month before the Nordic World Ski Championships begin in Liberec; Tomáš Berdych takes two sets against Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, before the Swiss claws back to secure a dramatic victory; Tomáš Verner fails to defend his European Figure Skating Championships, coming sixth in Helsinki this time out; and Tomáš Rosický could return to competitive football in March.
In Sports News this Monday: 18-year-old Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová wins the first WTA title of her career in Hobart; Nicole Vaidišová rules herself out of Fed Cup action again; Josef Macháček wins the quad category in the Dakar Rally for the fifth and final time; and speed skater Kateřina Novotná comes second in the European Short Track Championships.