There is no escaping the fact that the Czech Republic is hosting the current ice hockey world championships. Beer companies have fought over the rights to have the championship or ice hockey association logo on their products. Sponsorship is plastered everywhere, there are even collections of chocolate ice hockey stars on sale in supermarkets. And, it's estimated that around 300,000 tourists might visit the country in connection with the championships. But how do the economics of hosting the championships work out?
With the Ice Hockey World Championships beginning in Minsk on Friday, the Czech NGO People in Need has launched a campaign criticising the Lukashenko regime for its less than stellar record on human rights. The NGO is hoping to impress upon viewers that regimes like the one in Belarus use international sporting events as a façade, creating the impression everything at home is hunky dory.
Not only does the Czech hockey team rank among the best in the world, but Czech hockey pucks also became famous around the world at the end of the nineties. Since then, they have been used at all significant tournaments of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF): Winter Olympic Games, World Championship and many international tournaments.
Among the sports that Czechs have been the most successful in, we can rank not only ice hockey, football, athletics and the water slalom, but also, for example, cycle ball, in which the unbeatable Pospíšil brothers won 20 world titles during the '70s and '80s.
Sport has always been a part of daily life in the Czech Republic and has a long tradition and much success. The Czechs are not only excellent sportsman but they are innovators as well. For example, František Janda-Suk won the discus throw at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris with the help of revolutionary technique – spinning throw, which has been adopted by following generations of discus throwers.
Thanks to the modernization that many sports grounds have undergone over the past few years, sports facilities in the Czech Republic now rank among the best in Europe.
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