A government prohibition on events in the Czech Republic attended by 100 or more people is naturally having a major impact on sports in the country. The organisers of the two biggest sports leagues, in football and ice hockey, are taking a different approach to the measure introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Lukáš Krpálek has won the annual Czech Sportsman of the Year
competition. The Judo world champion beat second placed basketball player
Tomáš Satoránský by 74 points. The Boston Bruins's ice hockey
right winger David Pastrňák placed third. The winners in the collective
category were the Czech national basketball team, who placed sixth in this
year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Aside from ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr, Mr Krpálek is one of only two men to win the award in the past 14 years.
The Czech basketball team was beaten 90:81 by the Serbs at the World Cup in
China, bagging sixth place in the overall ranking. The result has secured
them a place in the qualifiers for the Olympics.
The team’s performance in China was the best result since 1970 when the Czechoslovak team also placed sixth at the FIBA championship in the former Yugoslavia.
The Czech Basketball team’s unusually successful journey through the
Basketball World Cup has come to halt in the quarterfinals after they lost
to Australia 70:82 in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The Czech team held its own in a close game, but had a dry spell in the third quarter of the game where they went three minutes without scoring a point and Australia got into a 15 point lead. Although the Czechs won the final quarter with a score of 22:19, it was not enough to win the game.
However, the tournament is not yet over for the Czechs. They now face games with Poland, Serbia and the United States in a special group composed of the teams that lost in the quarterfinals to determine their final standing.
The Czech team have advanced to the FIBA World Cup basketball quarterfinals
for the first time despite their 77 – 84 loss to Greece on Monday. The
Greek team needed to win by at least 12 points to advance.
For the Czechs to make it to the top 8, they still needed the United States needed to beat Brazil, later on in the day. The US won the Monday afternoon match by a score of 89 – 73.
After this result, the Czechs got second place in the standings in the three-way tie with Brazil and Greece, thanks to point difference.
Chicago Bulls guard Tomáš Satoranský flirted with a triple-double (13 points, eight assists, nine rebounds) in the Czech win.
Apart from the Czechs and Americans, also already through to the quarterfinals in China are the French and Australians. Argentina, Serbia, Spain and Poland have all locked down their seeding.
The Czech Republic beat Brazil 93:71 in the second stage of the FIBA
Basketball World Cup 2019 on Saturday, in a strong bid to reach the
The Czech team dominated the game from start to finish grabbing a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game.
They sank 25 points in the second frame to gain a 13-point halftime advantage 45:32 and added 48 points in the second half to march to a comfortable victory.
Both teams are now tied at 3-1 record in Group K.
The Czech national basketball team have achieved their first win at the
sport’s World Cup in Shanghai, beating Japan 89:76 on Tuesday. Though the
Japanese remained in contention for the first half of the game, the Czechs
began to build up an unassailable lead from the third quarter on. Blake
Schlib, who was born in Illinois, produced a strong performance for the
Czechs, scoring 22 points.
The result keeps alive the Czech Republic’s chances of advancing to the knock-out stage of the competition, which they are participating in for the first time in 37 years.
The Czech basketball team lost their opening game at the sport’s World
Cup in Shanghai 67:88 to title holders and five time champions the United
States. The Czechs held their own for much of the encounter but fell short
of achieving a sensation, despite the fact the Americans were without many
It is the first time a Czech squad is participating in the competition in 37 years.
Třinec have won the Czech ice hockey Extraliga after beating Liberec 4:2
on Sunday evening to achieve the same result on games in the best-of-seven
final series of the competition’s playoffs.
It is the second time Třinec have lifted the title in their history and comes eight years after their first triumph. Liberec were losing finalists for the second year in a row.