Czech Olympic gold winner in the Rio games, judoka Lukáš Krpálek, will
not be competing in the World Championships in Budapest due to a knee
injury. Krpálek strained a tendon in his knee while training in
The +100kg Czech judoka, who was considered one of the hot favourites in the upcoming championships, said he needed to give the injury time to heal.
Four companies are competing in a tender to operate the road toll on Czech
motorways after the present contract with the Austrian firm Kapsch expires
The firms in the running are Kapsch which is currently operating a microwave-based truck tolling system which has come under fire for excessive costs and disappointing returns to state coffers, Skytoll, which is operating a tolling system in neighbouring Slovakia,the German T-Systems International and National Toll Payment Services.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said he hopes for a change-of-guard at
Prague Castle following next year’s presidential elections.
In an interview for the Austrian daily Die Presse Mr. Sobotka said he believed President Zeman would not get re-elected for a second term in office because voters were now familiar with his style of leadership and had seen him in action.
A new president would vastly improve the political culture at Prague Castle, Mr. Sobotka told the daily. The Czech prime minister and president have a strained relationship and the president has on numerous occasions insulted and tried to publicly degrade the head of government.
The fresh world javelin champion Barbora Špotáková says the next Olympic
Games in Tokyo in 2020 are a major motivation for her to continue her
career at the age of 36. The Czech athlete, who triumphed at the Beijing
and London Olympics, said on Friday that she was also looking forward to
the Continental Cup in Ostrava next year.
At an end-of-season meeting with journalists on Friday Špotáková said she had planned to bring all 10 or her major international trophies but had lost the key to the cabinet in which they were stored.
The anti-corruption police have filed charges against three civil servants
at the Trade and Industry Ministry in connection with suspected abuse of
office, the ctk news agency reported on Friday.
The case reportedly concerns waiving public tenders and irregularities in an agreement between the Industry Ministry and the Czech-Moravian Development Bank on the setting up of a guarantee fund within the Enterprises and Innovations operational programme 2007-2013.
The three have been charged with breach of trust and harming the financial interests of the EU.
Czech nationals abroad who want to vote in October’s parliamentary
elections will be able to cast their ballot at 109 polling stations the
world over, according to information released by the Czech Ministry of
People living abroad can register to vote at their respective embassy and should do so no later than September 10th.
Czechs who will be abroad at the time of the vote will need to get an election pass before leaving the country. The elections are scheduled for Friday, October 20th and Saturday October 21st.
The Czech central bank will not get the power over the country's
mortgage market it wanted to deflate a bubble it sees developing in the
housing market, the Reuters news agency reported on Friday.
Lawmakers dropped a bill that would have extended the authority of the Czech National Bank in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The central bank has said repeatedly that Czech property prices seem overvalued and recommended banks adjust lending policies accordingly.
Since April, the bank has recommended that mortgages should not exceed 90 percent of property values and that no more than 15 percent of customers should be given loans worth more than 80 percent of a property's value.
Retired Czech footballer and Juventus Vice-President Pavel Nedvěd says the
Chinese energy company CEFC failed to meet the conditions of a contract
under which it was to pay him 600 thousand euros for promoting football in
Nedvěd has handed the matter over to his lawyer.
Jaroslav Tvrdík, who represents CEFC in Europe, said the company had signed two contracts with Nedvěd, had paid him in full for one service rendered and was ready to pay 50 percent for the other because all the conditions of the second contract had not been met.
Nedvěd denies this, saying he had fulfilled his obligations in full.
Creditors of the bankrupt coal mining company OKD on Thursday approved a
reorganization plan for the firm’s future.
The company’s mines and assets will be placed in a newly-founded successor company which is to be sold to the state firm Prisko for 80 million crowns.
Mining will be phased out gradually as will lay-offs of miners and office staff. The plan still needs to be approved by an insolvency court.