In July, 2019, board member of the Vera Caslavska Foundation, Mrs. Kristina Kopáčková received the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest order awarded by the Japanese government. She received the award from Japanese Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Kaoru Shimazaki. In her thank you speech, Kristina mentioned that she had been a long-time member of the Board of the Czech-Japanese Society and that she now volunteers for the Vera Caslavska Foundation, which supports physical exercise for pre-school children STAND-UP STRAIGHT project, among its various activities.
A spectacle of festivities is underway in Mexico City commemorating the 50thanniversary of the Summer Olympics of 1968: a year that left its mark on Czech as well as world history. The most successful female athlete of the Olympics, and of the year 1968, was Czechoslovak gymnast Věra Čáslavská. Her popularity went beyond the world of sports. That same year, she was the second most popular woman on the planet, after former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Vera Caslavska Foundation ceremoniously accepted a generous donation from Mr. Okinaka, who personally organized the fund-raising campaign in Ōita. The donation will be used primarily to support the Stand p Straight project for pre-school age children, and to promote Vera Caslavska’s legacy in the Czech Republic and the world.
In 2019 the Czech Olympic Committee celebrates the 120th Anniversary of its founding. The magnificent celebration named "Masters to the Masters" took place on June 17, 2019 in Rudolfinum in Prague. Among the musicalmasters who performed were violinist Václav Hudeček and pianista Ivo Kahánek. The Czech Olympic Committee took the opportunity to acknowledge 4 eminent individuals.
On October 12, 1968, the Games of the XIX Olympiad opened in Mexico. Věra Čáslavská successfully defended her victories from the previous Summer Olympics in Tokyo, winning 4 gold medals and 2 silver Olympic medals. Mexico was also the culmination of her athletic career and after the Olympics closed, she married track and field athlete Josef Odložil. In 1968, she was declared the greatest female athlete in the world; she was the second most popular woman on the planet after Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Vera Caslavska Foundation participated in the opening ceremony of the sports section of the Re:publika 1918 – 2018 Festival. A special display of 7 panels presents various periods of Věra’s life from childhood through the period after 1989.
Vera Caslavska Foundation is preparing the pilot phase of our Stand Up Straight project. The main objective is to teach preschool-age children in nursery schools (between the ages of 5-7) a set of exercises. A daily regimen of exercise will instill the habit of good posture in children even before they start attending school or begin organized sport activity.
Memorial events around the Czech Republic commemorated the occupation of Czechoslovakia 50 years ago. At the time, Věra Čáslavská was in Jeseníky preparing for her final Olympic games in Mexico 1968. A memorial event commemorating “all courageous people and Věra Čáslavská” took place in Kouty nad Desnou in Jeseníky, followed by a Mass in Vřesová Studánka. The successful event was organized under the auspices of the Czech Olympians Club.
Vera Caslavska Foundation has launched a partnership with Czech Design Week. Linking the two organizations are the festivities commemorating the 50thanniversary of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico (going on now through January, 2019), as well as the 100thanniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic.