It isn’t an unusual practice: a well-known sports celebrity sets up a line of sports clothing. From a marketing perspective, the idea seems perfect: capitalize on the name-recognition of said sportsperson and either open a bar, sports-shop or even set up a line of clothing. Dominik Hašek, former ice-hockey legendary goalkeeper did the latter. But now it seems that his business venture has hit some bumps in the road. DJ reports:
In Sports News this week: all the Olympic action from China, with two gold medals for the Czech Republic by shooters Kateřina Emmons and David Kostelecký; tennis player Tomáš Berdych goes on at Beijing while Radek Štepánek and Nicole Vaidošová drop out; and in home football, Slavia and Sparta do well before the Champions League’s 3rd qualifying round.
The eyes of the world are on Beijing where the 2008 Olympic Games get underway with a grand opening ceremony on Friday night. Ten thousand sportspeople from 205 countries are taking part. Millions of people have traveled to Beijing to witness what the Chinese promise to be the grandest spectacle in Olympic history. Yet there are also many who are boycotting the games and drawing attention to the situation in Tibet and the extent of human rights violations in China. Olympic Watch, a human rights organization set up in Prague in 2001, has called
In Sports News this Monday: veteran canoeist Štěpánka Hilgertová is selected to carry the Czech flag at the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics; the 2008-2009 season begins in Czech football’s Gambrinus League with a win for favourites Sparta Prague and a defeat for defending champions Slavia; Kladno are ordered to wear old Baník Ostrava kits in a game between the two; and goalkeeper Jan Laštůvka signs a loan deal with West Ham.
In today’s Mailbox we find out who the mystery man in our July competition was and we announce the names of four Radio Prague listeners who will be sent small gifts for their correct answers. Listeners quoted: Prasanta Kumar Padmapati, Bob Boundy, Jana Vaculik, Riaz Ahman Khan, Catherine Olubunmi Agboola, Don Schumann, Steve Wara, Colin Law, David Eldridge, K. Thiagarajan, Charles Konecny, Jerry Kubik, Henrik Klemetz.
The long wait will be over for Czech football fans on Saturday, when after a two-and-a-half month break the Gambrinus Liga – the top tier of Czech soccer – kicks off once again. Can Slavia Prague defend the title they won so dramatically in May, or will fierce rivals Sparta return to their usual dominance? Who are the players to watch out for this season? And what’s the story with the two clubs called Bohemians?
Karel Bruckner has long been highly-regarded for his coaching skills, but after stepping down as Czech national team manager most expected he would retire. He himself has said as much, saying he was looking forward to the so-called “unbearable lightness of being”. But if so, not for long. On Friday, Austria’s Football Federation revealed that Mr Bruckner has signed on to lead Austria through qualification for the World Cup. On Monday, the charismatic Czech appeared at his first press conference in Vienna.
In Sports News this Monday: Roman Kreuziger comes an impressive 13th in his first Tour de France; Tomáš Necid is top scorer at football’s Under 19 Euros; Slavia prepare for the resumption of the Czech league with a win over Iran; Karel Bruckner, 70 next year, takes over as Austrian national manager; and reigning Olympic decathlon champion Roman Šebrle pulls out of an exhibition event but should be fit for Beijing.
On Saturday 32-year-old long-distance swimmer Yvetta Hlaváčová completed the last leg of a 142 kilometre swim up the Vltava River, becoming the only Czech woman to have ever conquered the Vltava against the current. Hundreds cheered her on from the shore as she approached the finish line after 35 hours over seven days, an accomplishment to be set in the Guinness Book of World Records. Prior to the week-long marathon, we had a chance to speak to Yvetta for One on One, taped at Prague’s Žluté Lázně. We discussed the Vltava challenge as well as her