Czech tennis professional Bohdan Ulihrach, who on Friday received a two-year doping ban and was fined over 43,000 dollars, has vowed to fight on. Ulihrach tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid nandrolone in October last year during an ATP event in Moscow. He then requested an independent Tennis Anti-Doping Program tribunal to look into the matter and they ruled he had committed an offence. As Bohdan Ulihrach had voluntarily stopped playing on the ATP tour in October after first testing positive, the two-year ban will expire in October next year. Ulihrach said on Sunday that the verdict was a "shock". Ulihrach's coach, Martin Nekola said that they would appeal against the verdict. Bohdan Ulihrach has won three singles titles and has been in the top 100 of the world for seven years, winning over 3 million dollars in total prize money.
Czech ice hockey coach Slavomir Lener has bagged some big names from the NHL for his squad for the World Championships while the Czechs have finally broken their "Russian curse" at the tenth attempt. Tomas Repka has not been recalled to the Czech football squad ahead of a friendly against Turkey and Denisa Chladkova has pulled out of the Czech women's tennis team just days before a tough Fed Cup clash with the United States.
The Czech Republic's football team scored a comfortable and impressive victory over Austria to continue their successful Euro 2004 campaign - we hear from two-goal hero Jan Koller. The president of the Czech Tennis Union is not at all happy about leading player Daja Bedanova's possible adoption German citizenship and Slavia Prague have made it to the finals of the ice hockey Extraliga finals for the first time.
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.
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.
Skier Katerina Neumannova is one step closer to a pair of belated Winter Olympic medals, after two disqualified Russian skiers lose an appeal. Meanwhile, with Neumannova on a career break to have a baby, Lukas Bauer proves she is not the only Czech cross-country star of international quality. Tennis ace Jiri Novak has won the curiously-named Golden Canary award, and the Czech teams left in the UEFA Cup have an uphill battle in next week's third round second legs. All those stories and more are in Sports News.
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.
Fed Cup tennis coach Jan Kukal says he is confident that Daja Bedanova will be fit in time for the crucial play-off against Canada. Goalkeeper Petr Cech has surprised a lot of people by signing for French club Rennes despite offers from more glamorous clubs, and runner Ludmila Formanova says she is confident she can make the time needed to get to the European Championships.
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