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Poll: Politicians exercise less than average

15 October 2012

Prague, Oct 14 (CTK) - Czech politicians do sport twice a week on average, which is less often than most Czechs, and their favourite sport is cycling, while the rest of the population prefers football, according to a poll released on the portal.

Out of the parties in parliament, the senior government right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) do sport the most, while, the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) are the least enthusiastic about sport.

However, particular parties do not differ in their approach to sport very much.

The sport portal addressed 3400 inhabitants of the Czech Republic in early September and it asked over 450 Czech politicians in early October.

The comparison shows that Czechs do sport more frequently than politicians on average. They do some sport three times a week on average, but an average politician only twice.

However, a politician spends 517 crowns on sport monthly, which is about 50 percent more than an average citizen (352 crowns).

Out of sports and games, Czechs prefer football, followed by cycling and hockey.

Politicians like cycling most of all, then football and skiing. Hockey does not even get to the politicians' top ten.

However, the popularity of particular sports differ according to party membership.

The government Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09 members like cycling most of all, while the Social Democrats prefer tennis and the Communists' most popular sport is football.

As far as active sport activities are concerned, both politicians and general public do cycling most often, then politicians go swimming while other citizens play football.

A crushing majority of politicians describe themselves as "avocational sportsmen." One-tenth say they are competing or professional sportsmen. Only 2 percent do not do sport at all.

Both politicians and ordinary people haver a desire to play tennis and golf in common.

Over one-third of politicians would like to try golf and some 15 percent want to play tennis.

"Maybe because these sport activities are popular as opportunities for meetings. However, politicians do not fear more challenging sports, such as parachuting, paragliding, diving and even Formula 1 racing," the portal reported.

($1=19.238 crowns)

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