In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar defends his world cyclo-cross tite; Tomáš Verner takes bronze at the European Figure Skating Championships; in tennis, Jiří Veselý wins the junior boys’ singles at the Australian Open, and in football, Sparta’s Ivory Coast striker Bony Wilfried joins the Dutch club Arnhem.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych played in the quarterfinal match at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the furthest the sixth-seeded player has ever gotten in the Grand Slam tournament. But if he had played well so far, he hit a wall in the form of Serbian opponent Novak Djokovic at the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne.
Serious problems at the country’s biggest lottery and betting firm, Sazka, have highlighted the issue of how to finance Czech sports. The government no longer trusts the Czech Sports Association, which is Sazka’s biggest stockholder, with distributing funds among individual sports federations, and on Thursday, officials unveiled a new financing plan that that cuts out that middle men.
In Sports News: Czech tennis players Berdych, Záhlavová off to winning start at Australian Open; Czechs suffer disappointing Dakar Rally; goalkeeper Per Čech confident Chelsea are recovering from slump; Hamrlík & Plekanec score for the Canadiens in the NHL; ski jumper Jan Matura clinches best result of career.
They started out with dreams of positions on the winners’ podium but for many the most tangible souvenirs are broken bones and trips to the hospital. Many Czech competitors in the gruelling Dakar rally went out with a bang. But for one of the best hopes of a winning place, Tatra lorry driver Aleš Loprais, it was more like a whimper.
In Sports News: Martina Sáblíková is crowned the women’s European Speed Skating Champion for 2011; cross-country skier Lukáš Bauer clinches the bronze medal in this year’s Tour de Ski; Zdeněk Štybar wins the Czech championship in Cyclo cross for the fifth time; Czech Tatra truck racer Aleš Loprais clinched his second stage win in this year’s Dakar Rally; Sparta stumble again in the domestic hockey league.
In Sports News: Top domestic league hockey clubs Pardubice and Kometa face off under an open sky; the Czech U20 hockey team staves off Germany at Worlds; cross-country skier Lukáš Bauer falls to 21st spot after three Tour de Ski events; football’s Aston Villa score late goal against Čech’s Chelsea to draw; Czech quad rider Josef Macháček takes an early lead in the Dakar Rally underway in South America.
In Sports News: The Czech team readies for Norway in its opening game at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship; in the Extraliga, league leaders Vítkovice battle back from three goals down against lowly Kladno; Jágr helps Avangard sink Dinamo Minsk in the KHL; cyclo-cross racer Radomír Šimůnek, jr. suffers collar bone break in World Cup race; more than 150 people take part in the annual polar bear plunge into the Vltava River.