MPs have given their initial backing to a proposal to establish a National
Sports Agency that, among other things, would take over responsibility for
distributing state subsidies in this area from the Ministry of Education.
Following a three-hour debate in a first reading on Wednesday, the Chamber of Deputies moved to establish the agency as part of a broader overhaul of state support for sport.
According to a survey of the Czech Union of Sports, which backs the proposal, most of the nearly 7,500 clubs lack money for hiring qualified trainers and children’s activities and believe a new system for allocating subsidies is needed.
The Czech Football Association have called on the police’s organised
crime unit to investigate Czech third division club Mohelnice over
suspicions of match-fixing involving a betting mafia based in Asia, the
news website iDnes.cz reported.
A representative of the Moravia-based Mohelnice told Sport.cz that they had only heard about the move from the media but would cooperate with any investigation.
Suspicions centre on at least two games involving the club in the first half of this season. A Chinese company named Anping, which has faced similar accusations in Portugal and Ireland, entered the organisation last summer.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is planning to appoint a new government
commissioner for sport, the newspaper Lidové noviny reported on Tuesday,
citing Mr. Babiš himself. The first appointee to the post will be Milan
Hnilička, a former ice hockey player who was a member of the Czech team
that won at the Winter Olympics in 1998.
Mr. Hnilička will be charged with setting up a new state agency that will oversee sports matters. Mr. Babiš said that once up and running the organisation would then establish rules for the allocation of sports funding from state coffers and work on sports policy.
The Boston Bruins’ David Pastrňák has become the youngest player ever to win the Golden Hockey Stick for best Czech ice hockey player of the year. Speaking at the award ceremony in Prague on Tuesday night, the 21-year-old forward said he had dreamed of winning the poll when he was picked up the junior Golden Hockey Stick two years ago. Twelve-time winner Jaromír Jágr, who is 45, came eighth this year.
Czech player Lucie Šafářová and he tennis partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US defeated Taiwanese-Swiss doubles partners Chang Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2 in the women's doubles semifinal at the French Open on Friday. They will face Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua of Australia in the championship match. Earlier, the other finalists defeated the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecká/Kateřina Siniaková in the other semi.
In football, the Czech national team lost in a friendly against Belgium 1:2 on Monday night. The Czechs came under heavy pressure from the home side in the first 25 minutes and conceded a goal from striker Batshuayi. A mix up in the Belgian goal allowed Krmenčík to draw level before half time. Belgium went ahead with a headed goal from substitute Fellaini after the break. The Czechs had chances to level the match towards the close with Souček hitting the post. The match is a warm up for the World Cup group qualifier against Norway on June 10.
In tennis, Karolína Plíšková is through to the quarter finals of the French Open for the first time. She turned around her match against Paraguayan Cepede Royg after losing the first set 2:6. Plíšková, the second seed, came back to take the following sets 6:3, 6:4. She will now face on Wednesday local favourite and 28th seed Caroline Garcia. If she gets through to the singles final, Plíšková will automatically become world number one for the first time.
Newly crowned Czech league champions, Slavia Prague, will not be seeded in the third and possibly fourth pre-qualifying round of the UEFA Campions League and could therefore face tough opposition such as Scottish league winners Celtic Glasgow, Greek champions Olympiakos Pireus, or Polish club Legia Warsaw. Slavia return to the top European competition after seven years. They clinched the title on the last day of the season with a convincing win against Brno. The draw for the third round takes place on July 14.