In Sports News this Monday: Six months after being crowned world champions, the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players fail to take a single point in their first tournament of the new season; the gap at the top of the Czech football league narrows, after leaders Plzeň are held to a draw and Sparta win; Olympic champion speed skater Sáblíková is for once halted by illness; and warm weather brings a high turnout for Prague’s Velká Kunratická cross country race.
Czechs fail to take point in first tournament of ice hockey season
“There has to be discipline in our system. If you don’t have discipline, it can’t work. What I’ve learned is that next time we have the players together there will be clear discipline, clear order. We had one training session focused on defence and some players just did their own thing…That’s not how the defensive system will be, it can’t work that way.”
“We have zero points, which in itself is bad. But I think, given how we played, we could have won a couple. The Finns hammered us…With the Russians maybe we could have taken a point, but ‘could have beens’ don’t count for anything. It worked out the way it did, and we have no points.”
Footballers gather for last game of 2010
The Czech Republic’s footballers, meanwhile, have gathered in Prague ahead of their final game of the year, an away friendly against Denmark on Wednesday night.
Gap narrows to seven points after Plzeň draw and Sparta win
Sáblíková, for once halted by illness, misses first World Cup race of season
The Olympic champion speed skater Martina Sáblíková is famous for competing regardless of health problems: she has raced with a pulled muscle, with a hairline fracture in her arm, and with a fever. But at the weekend the 23-year-old was so ill with intestinal flu that even she couldn’t compete and was forced to pull out of the opening speed skating World Cup event of the season in Heerenveen in the Netherlands. Sáblíková says she hopes to recover in time for the next World Cup meeting in Berlin next weekend.