Olympic Games to be shown on the Smíchov waterfront

Czechs will have 105 athletes competing for the gold in the Rio Games

If you want to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but are a bit reluctant to fly all the way to Brazil, there is an alternative: Watching it on the waterfront in Smíchov. Of course, you can watch on TV at home, but where is the fun in that?

Organizers will have large screens set up and there will be live music and other events. The screens will be in place as of Monday, Aug. 8, a couple of days after the Aug. 5 start of the event. Games can be viewed from 3 pm to 10 pm. The Games run until Aug. 21, with 308 events in 28 sports.

The place in Smíchov is not an official Olympic Park, as some towns have. There will be no Olympic flags or symbols. Instead the waterfront viewing area will be decorated with Brazilian flags.

Prague 5 Deputy Mayor Lukáš Herold said that there were no similar Olympic viewing events planned in the city.

Aside from providing fans a place to cheer for Czech athletes, the viewing area is meant to draw attention to Czech sports clubs operating in the Prague 5 district, which includes Smíchov. People will have the opportunity to play rugby and golf, and nearby there is a rock climbing wall, laser shooting range and a skate park.

An official Olympic Park in Lipno nad Vltavou in South Bohemia opens Aug. 5 and is located next to a lake behind a dam. People there will be able to try sports including water sports. There are also Olympic Parks in Plzeň, Pardubice and Ostrava.

The motto of the Rio Games is “a new world” and some 206 countries or territories will be participating, which is a record number. Some 11,000 athletes are expected. Kosovo and South Sudan are participating for the first time.

This is the first Olympics to be held in South America, where it is now technically winter. It is also the first to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country. It is not the first Olympics in Latin America, though. The 1968 Games were in Mexico City.

The Rio Games are not without controversy. Many people questioned whether the country should spend so much on a one-off event when there were more important issues to tackle. Some spending on housing and transportation will have a long-term benefit, though. The appearance of the Zika virus and the water quality at venues also caused concern.

The Czech Republic will be at the Summer Olympics for the sixth time, having previously participated as part of Czechoslovakia, and before World War I as Bohemia. There will be 63 men and 42 women participating in events.

In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Czechs won four gold medals, three silver and three bronze.

Related articles

  • A Day Trip To Some Of The Best Castles by Shaun O'Banion

    The results are in and the most popular Czech castles (based on the number of visitors) have been announced by the Czech state.

  • Five of the Best Trails to Go Hiking in the Czech Republic by Erin Naillon

    Getting away from it all – out of Prague, away from the gridlocked traffic – is a great way to unwind after a hectic week. You can take your car (or the bus, or a train) to somewhere well outside the city and get out in nature. While the good weather lasts, it’s helpful for hikers and would-be hikers to know where they can find trails of varying difficulty to work off the tensions of the week.

  • Swimming in the Vltava River – Every Sunday from 10am by Caroline Marcela

    What better way to treat a Saturday night hangover than swim in the Vltava river on a Prague Sunday morning!

  • Take a Cycling Tour Through the Czech Republic by Erin Naillon

    Those wanting not only to get out into nature, but to experience it outside the confines of a car, have the option of taking a cycle tour from Prague to various destinations, even in other countries. For those intent upon long-distance cycling, the Greenways route runs from Prague to Vienna, with bicycle rental available at various points along the route (Prague, Český Krumlov, Telč, and Mikulov are just four of the cities where cyclists can rent bicycles).

  • The Best Outdoor Skating in Prague! by Shaun O'Banion

  • Celebrity Charity Football Game by Anelya Kadyrova

    A charity football match between Prague Raptors FC and the Supporting Charities Phoenix FC will be held on August 10th in Prague.

  • Send your kids to the Raptors…Football Academy! by Paul Lysek

    The Prague Raptors are starting their own football academy for kids aged 4-7. The first session takes place on August 20th and is completely free.

  • Prague Lions: Czech Bowl Champions by Paul Lysek

    The Prague Lions beat the Ostrava Steelers 29:23 on Saturday to win their first title in over a decade.

  • American Football Czech Bowl! by Micah Lembke

    The Prague Lions defeated the Vysočina Gladiators in the Paddock League Semifinal and earned a spot in Czech Bowl XXVI. 

  • American football: Playoff time! by Micah Lembke

    The Prague Lions have finished the regular season with 9 wins, one loss, and the top seed in the Paddock League semifinals. 

Facebook comments

Pražské Benátky

Enjoy Prague from a different view

Ristorante Casa de Carli

Authentic Italian cuisine in Prague

The James Joyce Irish Pub

Best Irish Pub in Prague

Prague Raptors Football Club

Multi-Cultural, Community Football Club based in Prague

Hugo Bike Prague

HUGO Bike Prague & Segwaytrip

Adventure Minigolf Hotel...

Outdoor Adventure Minigolf

Toboga Prague

Indoor Playground in Prague 5, Zlicin


Prague’s # 1 source for Czech news in English…


Digital lifestyle magazine platform promoting life in Prague.