Paralympijské Motivačné Centrum is reporting today that the International Paralympic Committee has approved the inclusion of long time Czech men’s national sledge hockey player Erika Fojtíka on the Slovak team for the 2015 Sledge Hockey B World Championships scheduled to get underway from March 15 to 21 in Ostersund, Sweden. Fojtíka was able to make the switch because he has a Slovak mother.
Fojtíka is expected to make his Slovak national team début in a pair of friendlies against the Czech Republic this upcoming Monday and Tuesday in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic. He is also expected to participate in the upcoming training camp again in Dolný Kubín from March 5 to March 8.
The 42-year-old should bring a lot of experience to the Slovak side. Fojtíka played for the Czech side at the 2010 Winter Paralympics, where the team finished fifth. He was also part of the 2014 Winter Paralympics Czech team that also finished fifth. He also represented the Czech Republic in several world championships.
Teams the Slovaks will meet at the B-Pool World Championships include Sweden, South Korea, Great Britain, and Poland. The current announced Slovak roster for the competition includes Miroslav Pastucha, Marián Hutka, Peter Štít, Marián Ligda, Martin Joppa, Erik Fojtík, Miroslav Stašák, Aleš Rauš, Miroslav Kardoš, Jakub Trška, Stanislav Biath, Marek Zanovit, Miroslav Dráb, and Radoslav Bielečka.