Double Olympic javelin gold and two times world champion, Czech Barbora
Špotáková has announced she is expecting a second child and will take a
break from competition.
Špotáková, 36, says her second child is expected in the summer and she is likely to return to training in the autumn. She said she wants to continue and has already proved that parenthood and sport can be combined.
Špotáková says her mid-term goal is to take part in the 2020 Olympics being hosted by Tokyo. She won javelin Olympic golds in Beijing in 2008 and four years later in London. She took the bronze medal in the last Rio games.
The mayor of Brno has said that Alphonse Mucha’s series of massive
paintings, the Slav Epic, is likely to go on show in the city as part of an
exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of
Czechoslovakia in 1918.
Mayor Petr Vokřál says there is a 90 percent chance that the loan from the paintings’ owner, the City of Prague, will be made for the Re-publika exhibition taking place from the end of May and start of June this year.
Mucha regarded the series of 20 massive paintings depicting the history of the Slavs as his finest work. They were painted between 1912 and 1926.
Prague has missed out in its bid to host the top year end women’s tennis
event, the WTA finals.
The sport’s governing body, the WTA, announced Thursday that the Chinese city of Shenzhen has been picked to host the event from 2019 through to 2028.
The competition stars the best eight singles and doubles players over the previous season. Singapore will host the finals this year for the fourth time in a row.
Prague had, along with Manchester, England, and St. Petersburg, Russia, been bidding to host the prestigious event.
Some players complained in reaction that the big money offer from Chinese cities was the deciding factor.
Czech president Miloš Zeman will accept the resignation of prime minister
Andrej Babiš and his cabinet on January 24.
The date for the personal meeting between the head of state and ANO party leader was confirmed by the president’s spokesman on Thursday.
The timing is later than originally indicated and just two days ahead of the start of second round voting in presidential elections in which Zeman is seeking a further five year term. Zeman’s spokesman said the head of state could not find a gap in his programme earlier.
Zeman in expected to give the ANO leader another shot at forming a government but has said he wants to see proof of a majority in the lower house this time round. The minority government decided to resign on Wednesday, a day after failing to win a confidence vote.
The Czech Republic hosted 15.8 million tourists in 2017 according to
preliminary figures from the Ministry for Regional Development.
That figure would represent an increase of 6 percent on the previous year.
Minister Klára Dostalová said there was some success in getting tourists to visit other cities and attractions outside the capital, Prague. She said the problem is that most of these visits are currently day trips and what is needed is trips of two or three days.
The minister denied that Prague now has too many tourists and could experience the backlash against them which has occurred, for example, in Venice and Barcelona.
Much of last year’s increase in tourists was due to ever increasing numbers from China and South Korea.
Czech public service television broadcaster, Czech Television, has
confirmed that it will host a debate between second round presidential
candidates Miloš Zeman and Jiří Drahoš and January 25 with Světlana
Witowská as moderator.
The tv debate is the sole one confirmed so far amid a tussle between the candidates about where and how many times they might appear. Zeman, who took part in no debates ahead of the first round, has said he would like four debates with Drahoš maintaining two is sufficient.
Czech Television’s usual moderator for such events is Václav Moravec. He already said on Sunday he would not host any second round debate. Moravec is reported to be disliked by current head of state Zeman and his camp.
Zeman and Drahoš won the most votes in the first round of voting and made it through to the face off second round last Saturday. Voting takes place on January 26 and 27.
The Czech prison service and Ministry of Justice have denied Russian media
reports about the worsening health of alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny
Russian reports, in the paper Isvestia amongst others, reported a worsening state of the Russian since he has been in Czech custody since October 2016.
The alleged international computer hacker was arrested in Prague. He is subject to an ongoing tug of war between United States and Russian authorities which each demanding his release to them. The US says that the Russia hacked US companies.
A Czech court has said Nikulin can be extradited but the final decision must be made by the Ministry of Justice.
Czech exports in 2017 reached a record level of 4.2 trillion crowns, up 5.0 percent on the results in the previous year. The figure was given Thursday by the Czech Exporters’ Association which was hosting a conference together with Raiffeisen Bank. Participants said that last year’s figure is unlikely to be beaten this year because of the ever strengthening crown and shortages of workers and spare capacity across Czech industry and services.
Slovakia remains the most popular foreign country among Czechs, according
to the results of a survey carried out by STEM polling agency released on
Wednesday. The poll suggests that almost 90 percent of Czechs have a close
affinity with Slovakia.
Austria and the Netherlands finished in second and third place, with 78 percent and 74 percent, respectively, while Turkey, China and Ukraine placed on the opposite side of the scale.