Czech athletes should have won more medals given state spending, says PM

28-08-2008

Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek says the Czech Republic should have taken more than six medals at the Olympic games in Beijing. He said results could have been better at the Olympics, given how much money the Czech state puts into sport. Mr Topolánek also said the problem was that the country had too few top athletes. However, the prime minister praised veteran kayaker Štěpánka Hilgertová, who finished ninth after her boat capsized – he said she had behaved in an “unCzech” way when she risked all for gold and received no medal, rather than being satisfied with settling for silver.