Moving on to some good news for Czech football fans, especially those who couldn't get tickets for September's Euro 2004 qualifier against Holland, because Prague's 20,000-capacity Letna stadium was sold-out. Prague City Council on Tuesday expressed its support for the building of a new 50,000 thousand-seat national sports stadium in the city's Strahov district.
Since 1997, Mystic Skates Limited has been the organiser of the Czech Skateboarding Cup, which took place over the weekend on Stvanice Island in Prague. It is the final contest from a professional series, which begins in May in ten cities around the country. Though a relatively new event, close to a thousand spectators came daily this year to see athletes achieve astonishing tricks and take in skateboarder culture.
This week 350 athletes from nearly 40 countries as far afield as Japan and Canada have come together in the Czech Republic. The Czech Paralympic Committee is hosting the Open European Cycling Championships for athletes with disabilities, one of the most significant cycling events to be hosted by the Czech Republic since the fall of communism. David Vaughan brings the following report.
Indiana Jones look out! Eight young Czechs will be the first people in the world to explore the upper 80 km long part of the Ganges river in India. The adventure on the river which rises high up in the Himalayan mountains, and has a central spiritual meaning in Hinduism, began a week ago. The whole expedition was welcomed by the local inhabitants, and certainly will be a great cultural experience for the kayakers from Prague. Mirna Solic reports:
A statue of the legendary Czech long-distance runner Emil Zatopek has just been erected in a very fitting location - the garden of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. We hear from his widow Dana Zatopkova, and the greatest Czech athlete of the modern age, Jan Zelezny. Also in Sports News, AC Milan are reportedly interested in Slavia's Stepan Vachosek and Jiri Novak says he will play at tennis's Paris Masters, despite an injury.
Recently, the Czech team from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games got together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event. Among those present was the gold-winning javelin-thrower from Helsinki, Dana Zatopkova, who celebrated her 80th birthday in September. In this week's Profile we look at Dana Zatopkova's sporting career and her life with her, now deceased, husband Emil.