The Czech OIympian Club ball was held at the National House in Vinohrady ©ČOV

The Czech Olympian Club has held its traditional ball, an event billed as bringing together former and current athletes who have represented the country at the Olympic Games.

London 2012 women's doubles tennis silver medallist Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková, Moscow 1980 men's discus throw silver medallist representing Czechoslovakia Imrich Bugár, 2010 Women's Basketball World Cup runner-up Ilona Burgrová and track cyclist Tomáš Bábek were among those in attendance at this year's ball.

Czech Olympic Committee secretary general Petr Graclík underlined the importance of the gathering for athletes at the National House in the Vinohrady district of Prague.

"The ball of the Czech Club of Olympians is a very important event," he said.

"Not only do old friends meet here, but also different generations of Olympians meet and connect here, and they always have something to say to each other.

"Our task is to educate new Olympians and to continue the tradition of this beautiful event."

Czech Olympians Club chair Oldřich Svojanovský said that the ball had been enjoyed by legendary former athletes.

Czech Olympic Committee secretary general Petr Graclík said the ball was an opportunity for
Czech Olympic Committee secretary general Petr Graclík said the ball was an opportunity for "different generations of Olympians" to meet ©ČOV

"We did a huge amount of work so that our Olympians could participate and enjoy this wonderful evening, and that they could talk here about their joys, but also about their worries," said Svojanovský.

"Dana [Zátopková] and Emil [Zátopek] or Věra Čáslavská loved the atmosphere and meeting fellow Olympians.

"Even in her old age, Dana was able to throw away her crutches and dance to the dulcimer.

"Věra Čáslavská threw up a rope on the floor.

"These are unforgettable moments that I would like you to experience."

The Czech Olympian Club has 911 members, and seeks to provide adequate medical care and social counselling to former athletes, while also connecting legends with the younger generation.

Czech Republic has won 29 golds, 32 silvers and 40 bronzes at the Summer Olympics since its debut as an independent nation at Atlanta 1996.

Paris 2024 is set to be the first under the name of Czechia, which it adopted in 2016 as a shortened, informal name for the Czech Republic after requesting that the International Olympic Committee change its name on its international sports database.