Ice hockey legend Dominik Hasek retires after a long and successful career. Mixed fortunes for Czech players at Wimbledon, and football coach Zdenek Zeman has won an award for his campaign against drugs in the game. All those stories and more are in Sports News.
Hasek announces retirement from ice hockey after glittering career
And there has been some speculation in the Czech press that Hasek may line up next season for the club where he started his career, Pardubice. An agent for Hasek told the daily Sport that anything was possible. If Hasek were to rejoin Pardubice - after an interval of 13 years - it would be one of the biggest sensations ever in the Czech Extraliga.
Mixed fortunes for Czech players at Wimbledon
Czech tennis players have been having a mixed time of it at Wimbledon. On Wednesday the 12th seed Jiri Novak was knocked out by grass-court specialist Wayne Arthurs of Australia 6-3 7-6 6-3. What's more Novak blew two set points in the second set on his way out of the tournament. Afterwards Novak's coach Jan Kukal said the player was simply mentally exhausted. Daniela "Daja" Bedanova had more success; the nineteen-year-old has reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career, with a two-set win over Selma Sfar of Tunisia. Meanwhile, Czech players Radek Stepanek, Jan Vacek and Denisa Chladkova are all looking forward to second round matches.
Czech linesman praised by refereeing commission at World Cup
The only Czech at football's World Cup, linesman Evsen Amler, got through the Germany-Korea semi-final without controversy, and was praised by the refereeing commission afterwards. Refs, and linesmen in particular, have come in for a great deal of criticism during the World Cup, but Amler has completed his last major tournament without attracting any flak.
Italy-based Czech coach wins award
The Italy-based Czech football coach Zdenek Zeman has been awarded an honorary diploma by the UNESCO International Fair Play committee. Zeman, who has lived in Italy since 1969 and managed several clubs in the country including Lazio and AS Roma, received the award for his campaign against drug-taking in football. He started a big debate on the issue in 1998 when he said publicly that Italian football was rife with performance enhancing drugs.