The Czech Republic's plans to host the 2004 world ice hockey championships are in serious doubt, as a dispute arises over the building of a necessary new arena. The Czechs get off to a losing start at the Swedish Games, but good news for hockey fans comes in the form of Jaromir Jagr's 500th NHL goal. The draw is being made for this weekend's hotly anticipated Davis Cup tennis clash with Russia, and Ludmila Formanova is beset by fresh health worries.
Recent snowfalls have improved conditions ahead of the tough Jizerska padesatka cross-country skiing competition in north Bohemia. Katerina Holubcova has come third in the 7.5 kilometre biathlon sprint at the world cup in Oberhof, Germany. In ice hockey, Vsetin have been stripped of three points in the Extraliga after fielding a player who had been suspended after a sending-off in the previous round. And record six-time winner of the Paris to Dakar rally Karel Loprais will not be winning a seventh trophy, at least not this year, after his Tatra
The Czechs were knocked out in the semi-finals of tennis's Hopman Cup, but not without Jiri Novak taking a major scalp in the form of world number one, Lleyton Hewitt. Martina Navratilova is still going strong, and has just set a new world record. Sparta Prague's Jiri Jarosik has made a big-money transfer to CSKA Moscow football club, and stands to become the biggest star in the Russian league. And the leading Czech women's football player has made a historic move to the United States.
Only one day remains until the end of 2002, a year which has brought events both good and not so positive for the Czech Republic. In August, devastating floods hit parts of the country causing damage worth tens of billions of crowns. In November the Czech Republic hosted a historic NATO summit during which the Alliance invited seven East European states, and a month later, the country was invited to join the European Union, together with nine other countries, at the EU summit in Copenhagen. And what can the Czech Republic expect in 2003, after
Czech skier Sarka Zahrobska, who is only 17, has caused a major sensation by coming fifth in her first ever World Cup down-hill race, in the new 'knock-out' slalom discipline. Czech swimmers haven't been doing badly either, taking three silvers at the European Short Course Championships. The Czech ice hockey coach has had problems assembling a squad for the Baltic Cup, and Slavia Prague have drawn a Turkish side in the fourth round of the UEFA Cup.
Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak has crowned the best season of his career by reaching the Masters Cup in Shanghai, and puts his new-found success down to coach Jan Kukal. Decathlete Roman Sebrle has been named Czech Athlete of the Year. And the first leg of the second round of the UEFA Cup did not go as well as the four Czech teams taking part might have hoped. All those stories and more are in Sports News.
It was a dramatic weekend for Czech tennis number one Jiri Novak, who reached his first ever Masters Series final only to miss the match through injury. In football, Sparta Prague remain at the top of the league, while foreign clubs are reportedly hoping to sign several of the club's key players. Pardubice stay on top of ice hockey's Extraliga, while Roman Sebrle has again been nominated for world athlete of the year. All those stories are in Sports News.
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