Many people around the world, including in the Czech Republic, were shocked and saddened to learn of the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday which killed three people and injured more than 170 others. In the Czech Republic, security has been heighted at some sites, such as the US Embassy. In response to Monday, it will also be boosted during Prague’s own marathon next month.
The former CEO of the Czech lottery firm Sazka, Aleš Hušák, is facing a lawsuit by the company’s main shareholder, the Czech Sports Association, over his role in the company’s demise. Sazka’s bankruptcy severely undermined funding for Czech sports and the association is now demanding an apology and one billion crowns from Mr Hušák.
In Sports News this Monday: Kreuziger claims biggest one-day success of career with victory in Holland’s Amstel Gold; Plzeň and Zlín are at 2:2 in final series of Extraliga playoffs; Viktoria Plzeň remain ahead of Sparta Prague on goal difference after both win; and Klára Zakopalová reaches world top 20 for first time.
Czech ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr caused a minor sensation on Tuesday by switching clubs in the NHL shortly before the league’s transfer deadline. After an impressive season with Dallas, the veteran star has moved to Boston, putting himself in with a chance of winning the Stanley Cup one more time.
Next Sunday, over 12,000 people will participate in the Prague Half Marathon, the precursor to the internationally renowned full Prague Marathon, which takes place in mid May. The man who has made possible these events – and many more runs around the Czech Republic – is Carlo Capalbo, an Italian businessman who has been living in Prague for over two decades.
In Sports News this Monday: the national football squad suffers a debacle against Denmark in World Cup qualifying; striker Matěj Vydra is named Championship Player of the Year; speed skater Sáblíková clinches her 10th career gold at the Worlds; hockey club Slavia win the opener of their semi-final series against Plzeň.
In Sports News this Monday: Berdych loses yet again to eventual winner Nadal in semi-finals at Indian Wells; biathlete Soukalová enjoys best weekend of career with three first-place finishes in Khanty-Mansiysk; Viktoria Plzeň stay top of league after win over Dukla team reduced to 10 men in only 20 seconds; and Czech national squad gather in Prague ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Armenia.
Two decades after the split of Czechoslovakia, the Czech and Slovak football associations have just announced a plan to set up a joint league. If the idea – which has been mooted before – gets the backing of top flight clubs in both states, a working group will be set up to begin preparing for a move that would reignite old rivalries from the days of the federal republic. But what is the thinking behind the plan? And how likely are we to actually see a Czech-Slovak league in the future?