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It’s just 2 months until the start of the University Eights. Who will be named academic champion of the CR this year?

It’s just 2 months until the start of the University Eights. Who will be named academic champion of the CR this year?
4. 4. 2022

As the academic year draws to a close, it's time once again for the University Eights. The university rowing competition will take over the Rašín embankment for the 12th time this year. Along with amazing sporting feats, the University Eights will also offer participants a rich accompanying program on Friday, June 3rd, including a concert to round out the day.

The University Eights crew races are traditionally organised by the Czech University Sports Association. The 11th edition, which was postponed to September 2021 due to covid restrictions, was dominated by Charles University’s men’s and women’s teams. 

Crews have been competing for the travelling cup since 2011, when it was first claimed by a crew from the Czech Technical University (ČVUT). This year's race will feature an eights crew from Cambridge, which has already been defeated by Czech universities this year. The races are also interesting due to the individuals who will compete and represent their universities. Notable participants from the field of rowing include Ondřej Synek, Miroslava Knapková, Milan Bruncvík and others who were (or are) studying at universities. First included in the Primatorky races in 2011, the University Eights were originally conceived as a contest between four Prague universities: Charles University, Czech Technical University, Czech University of Life Sciences and Prague University of Economics and Business. The organisers were inspired by similar races abroad, the most interesting of which is The Boat Race, a competition between Oxford and Cambridge universities.

But let's get back to this year's races. You can count on a lively, spirited mood on Friday, June 3rd, along with the chance to enjoy an amazing sporting spectacle and accompanying program in a beautiful environment with a unique atmosphere. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with news from the University Eights. We'll be unveiling the full program and sharing this year’s race details over the next two months.



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