Czech hosts face tough draw for European volleyball championship


In volleyball, the Czech men’s team was drawn on Thursday against Russia, Portugal and Estonia in the opening group stage of the European Championship being jointly hosted by the Czech Republic and Austria in September next year. The Czech team’s games will be played in the western city of Karlovy Vary. Prague will host Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Germany. Sixteen teams are taking part in the championship with the winners of the initial groups going directly through to the semi-finals and second and third placed teams playing off to go further.