Národní stadion : Polemiky o ústředním sportovišti Československa v letech 1918–1938
National Stadium : Controversy over Czechoslovakia’s central sports stadium, 1918–1938
Nationalstadion : Richtlinien über das tschechoslowakische Sportzentrum in den Jahren 1918–1938
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During the interwar period, plans arose in Czechoslovakia to construct three central sports sites, representing three interest groups in domestic physical education and sport: 1. Olympic/All Sports/National Stadium in Braník, promoted in particular by the Československý všesportovní výbor (the Czechoslovak All Sports Committee), in which the Czechoslovak Football Association was dominant; 2. Stadium for the State Physical Education Institute, which was to be built on land purchased by the state in Pankrác; 3, Strahov Stadium (from 1935 the Masaryk State Stadium) comprising a synchronised gymnastics and sports stadium, with the principal stadium used for mass gymnastics festivities, in particular Sokol synchronised mass gymnastics as organised by the Czech Sokol Community, sports – opened in 1935 for soccer, athletics and other sports. This study uses the controversy and discussions on these three projects to investigate conditions in the Czechoslovak sports community in the First Republic and its links to Czechoslovak politics.
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