Czech Hockey Association may vote to sack chair over alleged communist-era StB collaboration

The Czech Ice Hockey Association (ČSLH) is due to decide on Wednesday afternoon whether chairman Tomáš Král will remain in his post following accusations that he cooperated with the communist-era State Security service (StB).

Last week, the daily Sport reported that Král collaborated with the StB’s military counterintelligence section when doing his compulsory military service and filed reports on a superior and identified a soldier who “maintained contacts in capitalist countries”.

Král rejects the accusation, asserting that as an employee of the military’s administrative and legal department he never had anything to do with the civilian StB.

According to Czech Ice Hockey Association statutes, a majority vote of two-thirds of the executive committee is required to remove him from office. Král said that he would step down if half the executive committee members seek his ouster.

Author: Brian Kenety