In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic have a couple of injury problems ahead of their first World Cup qualifier, but the good news is Marek Jankulovski is fit; former Czech manager Karel Bruckner gets off to a flying start in his new job as Austria beat France 3:1; the Czech Republic has taken four medals, including two golds, at the Paralympics in Beijing; and there are 12 members of the legendary 1998 Olympic winning team in the Czech ice hockey league this season.
Jankulovski fit as Czechs prepare to begin World Cup qualifying campaign in Belfast
“I think I’ve benefited from a few days of taking it easy. I had a muscular injury, what you could call muscle cramp, so I had to wait till it eased off a bit. Now I feel good and I’m fully sure I’ll be available to play on Wednesday.”
Bruckner becomes instant hero as Austria beat France in his first competitive game as manager
Petr Rada’s predecessor Karel Bruckner got off to a flying start as manager of Austria, as they began their quest to reach the World Cup with a 3:1 victory over France on Saturday. Bruckner refused to speak to Czech reporters after the game, but nonetheless the back pages in his home country are full of stories about the veteran coach becoming an instant hero in Austria.
Two gold medals already for Czech team at Paralympics
“I just want to cry. I’m extremely happy. I had health problems this year but everything turned out well. I wanted to break the world record, which I did with my last throw – that means the most to me. I’m simply happy.”
On the opening day of the Paralympics Czech swimmers Jan Povýšil and Běla Hlaváčková both took bronze, the former in the S4 category crawl and the latter in the 100m freestyle, S5 category.