This Tuesday marks 80 years that the first match was held in the country’s first national hockey league. The teams Sparta Prague and Vítkovice faced off on a natural ice rink in Ostrava-Vítkovice. Forward Vilém Kubečka scoring the very first goal but Sparta came back to tie it. For much of the month, the league, now known as the Extraliga, will be celebrating the anniversary.
In Sports News this Monday: Good start to year for Czech women tennis players, with Šafářová, Siniaková and the Plíšková sisters all racking up wins in their first matches of 2017; Dakar Rally has 24 Czech participants; Slavia beat Sparta in annual old boys’ game; and Havlát to make dramatic return for Brno?
Petra Kvitová will play tennis again: that is the consensus after the two-time Wimbledon champion underwent almost four hours of surgery on Tuesday to repair cut tendons and nerves on her left hand. The injuries were sustained as Kvitová defended herself against an unknown assailant in an attack at her apartment.
In Sports News this Monday: After summer of questioning future Gabriela Koukalová tops podium in Biathlon World Cup event in Sweden – fan support helped, she says; Slavia impress while Plzeň enter winter break with game in hand after meeting at Bohemians 1905 cancelled; and Schwick scores again for Sampdoria.
Those who hadn’t heard of Czech climber Adam Ondra before most likely will remember his name now: the 23-year-old this week became the second person in the world to complete a free-ascent of the Dawn Wall, an almost kilometre high mountain face on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the United States. What’s more, Ondra did so in just eight days, an improvement of 11 on the previous record.