News Špotáková makes ideal return to international athletics with Rome win in javelin
The Czech javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková made the perfect return to international athletics after maternity leave with a first place finish at a Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday evening. The reigning Olympic champion, who is 32, did not take part in any major events last year after giving birth to her first child. Špotáková topped the podium in Rome with a throw of 66.43 metres, more than three metres ahead of her nearest rival.
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Czech car racer Otakar Krámský died in Austria's Rechberg on Saturday during a training ride for the European Hill Climb Championship, after his car skidded off the track and hit a tree. According to his coleague, the accident was caused by a technical defect. Krámský, who was 55 years old, was a multiple Czech champion in hill climb races and a three-time European title winner.
The Czech tennis player Jiří Veselý has reached his second ATP World Tour final, after beating Spain's Daniel Gimen 2:6, 6:1, 6:4 in the semi-finals in Bucharest on Saturday. The 21-year old player won the first ATP title of his carrer in January this year at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. The seventh-seeded Czech will face the winner of the second semi-final between Gael Monfils and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Sunday.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to contact all Czech citizens in Nepal, which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Saturday. Several hundred people are reported to have died during the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, but the death toll is likely to be much higher, with many people still trapped under the rubble. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronová said no Czech citiznes are reported to have died in the disaster. She also said the ministry is trying to locate all Czech citizens in the affected area, although it is very difficult under the present circumstances.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has dismissed Russia's request for
assistance in the Night Wolves' ride across the Czech territory,
adding that riders must apply for a permit themselves. The ministry said on
Friday that it would be difficult to settle the application in time.
Meanwhile, President Miloš Zeman said that he could see nothing bad about
the planned ride, describing the reactions to it as "hysterical".
The Night Wolves, a motorcycle gang with close ties to the Kremlin, want to commemorate the victory of the Soviet troops over the Nazi Germany 70 years ago by a ride across Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria, ending in Berlin on May 9. They set off from Moscow on Saturday despite Poland's announcemnt that it would refuse to let them in the country.
Former Czech ice hockey international and coach Ladislav Lubina has been ordered to pay half a million crowns in damages to the family of a man he killed in a car accident, Mladá Fronta daily reported on Saturday. Lubina caused a four-vehicle crash near Hradec Králové in 2007, fleeing the scene. The man who was killed in the crash was the father of former football international Vratislav Lokvenc. However, Mr Lubina cannot pay the imposed fine since he has declared insolvency and faces seizure of property.
Police have concluded an investigation into the murder of two Czechs, a mother and daughter, who died in the Hurgada resort in summer 2013, Mladá Fronta daily wrote on Saturday. The father of the family, Petr Kramný, was charged with murdering his 36-year old wife and eight-year-old daughter by electrocution. Mr Kramný, who has been in custody since February 2014, denies any wrongdoing and insists that his wife and daughter were poisoned. If convicted of the murders Kramný faces from 15 to 20 years in jail.
In ice hockey, the Czech national team beat Finland for the second time in three days with a 3:2 victory in Brno on Friday. The decisive goal came from Jakub Voráček in a shootout. Two of the other Czech goals were scored by Michal Jordán and Vladimír Sobotka. Jaromír Jágr also featured in the Czech line-up. The duel, which was part of the Euro Hockey Tour, was the last warm up match for the world championships, which start in Prague and Ostrava at the beginning of May.
The European Commission will launch an information campaign on consumer rights in the Czech Republic in order to increase people’s awareness of their rights when buying goods or taking consumer loans, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumer Issues and Gender Equality Věra Jourová told journalists on Friday. The campaign will target particularly young people aged 18-35 years who are considering taking the first consumer loan. According to a recent poll conducted by the TNS agency, 38 percent of Czechs do not feel sufficiently informed about their rights relating to consumer loans and only 30 percent of Czechs read the conditions of a loan carefully before signing the deal.
Pope Francis has accepted an invitation from President Miloš Zeman to visit the Czech Republic. The Czech head of state, who was granted an audience by the Holy Father in the Vatican on Friday, said the date of the visit has yet to be set but should take place by the spring of 2018, before the end of his first term in office. The Czech president expressed great admiration for the Pope’s leadership of the Catholic Church saying that the Holy Father’s philosophy reflected his own beliefs. Mr. Zeman brought the Pope a copy of the famous Infant Jesus of Prague, a wax statuette made in Spain in the 16th century which is highly revered particularly in the Hispanic world, where Pope Francis comes from.
A convoy of 30 historical U.S. military vehicles rode through Prague on Friday within celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Nazi rule. According to the organizers, the ride was organized not only in remembrance of US war veterans, but also to symbolically fulfil the unfulfilled wish of General George Smith Patton to liberate Prague. Although General Patton’s army could have progressed to Prague he was bound by an agreement with Russia to stop at the demarcation line in western Bohemia. The convoy´s arrival in Prague annually opens its tour of western Bohemian towns that were liberated by the 3rd U.S. army under Patton´s command. It will culminate with a ceremonial parade in the West Bohemian town of Plzen on May 3.