In Sports News this Monday: Title contenders need to work hard for victories and Boleslav’s Chramosta scores his first hat-trick as new Czech football season begins; Plzeň and Sparta gear up for away Champions League qualifiers; and Olympic javelin champion Špotáková says Olympics without Russian athletes “incomplete”.
Boleslav’s Chramosta scores first hat-trick on opening weekend of season
“The match went well for both me and the rest of the players. We won 3:0, which was a great start to the new season. It’s great – I was lacking a hat-trick and had always wanted to score one. For a forward it’s good to not have to wait for the goals to come – I’m sure I have it in me to add more in forthcoming games.”
Title hopefuls Sparta Prague, meanwhile, went 2:0 up against Slovácko within 10 minutes but the visitors fought back strongly and Sparta had to work hard to earn a 3:2 win.
Plzeň and Sparta gear up for Champions League qualifiers
Plzeň have now travelled to Azerbaijan, where they will face Quarabag on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. The first game in West Bohemia ended 0:0. Sparta have a shorter trip to Bucharest to face Steaua on Wednesday; that tie is balanced at 1:1 after the first leg.
Špotáková: Olympics without Russian athletes “incomplete”
“I don’t like any kind of radical interventions like that. Some of them just do athletics and they don’t cheat. I don’t know why they should pay and be punished. To me an Olympic Games without such a huge country feels incomplete.”
More Czechs arriving in Rio as opening ceremony approaches
More and more members of the Czech team have been touching down in Rio for the 27th Summer Olympics ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Among the latest to arrive have been the beach volleyball players Markéta Sluková and Barbora Hermannová, who reached the Czech section at the Olympic village late on Sunday night.