- Czech athlete David Svoboda has won the gold medal in modern pentathlon at the London Olympics.
- The Czech Republic is set to host a major exercise of NATO’s air forces.
- The Christian Democrats are considering changing their name to attract more voters.
- Hundreds of people came on Saturday to see the underground of the Plasy monastery in western Bohemia.
- The city of Prague is staging a flood drill on Saturday, the 10th anniversary of the devastating 2002 floods.
David Svoboda wins Olympic gold in modern pentathlon
Czech athlete David Svoboda won the gold medal in men’s modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games in London, setting a new Olympic record of 5928 points. The 27-year-old Czech won the first event, fencing, in which he equaled the Olympic record. He was on second place after second event, swimming but moved back to top after show-jumping. In the final event, a cross-country run combined with shooting, David Svoboda managed to stay clear of China’s Zhongrong Cao on second place. The medal is the Czech team’s third gold.
Czech Republic to host NATO air force exercise
The Czech Republic will in early September host a major exercise of NATO’s air forces, a spokeswoman for the Czech Ministry of Defence said on Saturday. The air forces of 17 NATO member states will take part in the exercise which will under command of NATO headquarters in Ramstein, Germany. The planes including A-10 and F-16 of the US Air Force will be based at the Czech Air Force base in Náměšt nad Oslavou. The ministry spokeswoman said the event will be NATO’s only air force exercise this year.
Prague stages flood drill
Ten years after devastating floods hit Prague, authorities in the Czech capital are staging a flood drill on Saturday. Firefighters, soldiers and volunteers began erecting anti-flood barriers on the right bank of the Vltava River in central Prague which has been closed for traffic. Barriers were also erected outside some metro stations in Prague’s Old Town. The authorities are testing new pumps which should get water out of local wells. People can also take part in the drill; on the Žofín island, they can join contests in building barriers. The drill will end by Saturday night.
Christian Democrats to change party name
Leaders of the Czech Republic’s Christian Democrats are considering changing the party’s name to attract more voters, the daily Právo reported on Saturday. Party chair Pavel Bělobrádek, told the daily there were eight or ten alternatives to the group’s official name – Christian and Democratic Union-Czechoslovak People’s Party. One of them was to drop the word Christian to attract more voters, or just using the name People’s Party, as it was known before 1989. The changes will be discussed and implemented at a Christian Democrat congress in December.
Founded in 1919, the Christian Democrats are one the oldest Czech parties. They were part of coalition government before the war, during communism and after 1989. In the last general elections in 2012 the party won no seats in the lower house but recent polls suggest they might again reach Parliament.
Girl dies in northern Bohemia car crash
A 17-year-old girl died in a car crash near Trutnov, in northern Bohemia, in the early hours of Saturday. Police said the car, in which the victim was travelling, was probably going to fast, swayed off the road in a curve and hit a slope. The 19-year-old driver and another passenger on the front seat, aged 18, suffered light injuries in the accident. The police said the girl was probably not wearing a seatbelt.
Hundreds come to see Plasy monastery underground
Hundreds of people came on Saturday to explore the underground passages of the Plasy monastery near Plzeň, in western Bohemia. The underground air and water supply system, which is not normally closed for the public, was built in the 18th century, and is a unique technical monument in the country. The Baroque monastery of the Cistercian order was erected on marshland; its architect, Jan Blažej Santini used thousand of wooden poles to strengthen the building’s foundations.
Football: Czech teams drawn opponents for Europa League’s final qualification round
Three Czech football teams have been drawn opponents for Europa League’s final qualification round. Sparta Prague will play Netherland’s Feyernoord Rotterdam, Viktoria Plzeň will face KSC Lokeren from Belgium while Czech champions Liberec who failed to qualify for the Champions League are set to play Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk. The first leg of the play-offs is scheduled for August 23, the second a week later.
The weekend will be mostly overcast but should clear up later on Sunday. Daytime highs are expecting to range between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius.