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Furthering close and strong ties with the Czech Republic and its people

From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) -August 11, 2016, Lukas Krpalek claimed the Czech Republic's first ever Olympic judo medal by winning gold in the under-100kg division in Rio on Thursday. Czechoslovakia won a bronze medal in the 1980 Games in Moscow boycotted by many Western nations, but this was the Czechs' first judo medal since separating from Slovakia. "It's amazing that I'm the first Czech athlete to win a medal in judo, and on top of that it's gold," said Krpalek."It's a huge thing for the Czech Republic and also for our sport. It's a very important success."

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