September 10, 2014
Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava is the official partner of European Championship in Men's Baseball by providing accommodation. Matches of the basic group will take place in Ostrava from 12 September to 14 September 2014. North Moravia is a traditional centre of Czech baseball and it will host an event of similar significance after 5 years since the Academic World Championship. Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava will become a temporary home during the championship not only to the local representative selection led by the main coach Mike Griffin, but also to competitors' teams from the Netherlands, Spain, Greece and Russia.
"We have hosted ice hockey players, tennis players and athletes; I am happy we can also welcome baseball representatives in our hotel. Today there is a door opening at the Clarion and sport fans may therefore encounter some of their baseball stars. We certainly wish our Czech team good luck and sunny weather," said Radim Beneš, hotel director at the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava.
"We are looking forward to tasting local dishes, but during the event it is important to have a balanced diet which is supervised by our team doctor Martin Mohyla. Players have been away from their homes for so long that the most important thing for them is peace and quiet and good sleep," stated Petr Ditrich, president of the Czech Baseball Association. "After the arrival we are planning official training sessions and then players will be resting. It is great that the wellness centre at the Clarion is so generously equipped; with regards to the number of accommodated teams, the relaxation zone would have to be crowded," added Petr Ditrich. Teams have been very busy with preparation; most recently they have played a series of matches within the Italian Baseball Week.
"The main competitors are teams from the Netherlands and from Spain, however, every match will be demanding. That is why there is a special room dedicated to us where we can hold secret meetings about how to deal with our competitors," disclosed Mr Ditrich.
This year's European Championship in Men's Baseball takes place in 5 cities and 2 countries; besides the Czech Republic the championship is also hosted by Regensburg in Germany.