Sports should be a source of joy
Remigius Johannes Machura was born on 3 July 1960 in Rychnov nad Kněžnou. Towards the end of primary school he began training in earnest for the shot put and quickly rose in proficiency; he became a top-tier sportsman at grammar school and successfully represented Czechoslovakia at international competitions from 1978. In 1985 he tested positive for doping and was banned from competing for two years. The greatest success of his sports career came in 1988. After that he gradually drew out from competitive sports, he worked simultaneously as a couch and a caretaker and made some extra money as a bouncer during the night. Upon returning from basic military service, he applied to the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport of Charles University, later switching to the Palestra Upper Vocational School of Physical Education and Sport, which he completed. He has chaired the athletics department since 1997, and he continues to train young shot putters in Sparta Praha.