Czech President Petr Pavel was hospitalized in Prague following a motorcycle accident on Thursday, but his office assured that his injuries are not severe. The 62-year-old, who has been in office since March 2023, will remain in the Military University Hospital for an unspecified period of time.

Pavel's office stated, "His injuries are not serious, but they will necessitate a brief period of observation at Prague's Military University Hospital." His spokesperson, Vit Kolar, indicated that Pavel would spend 'several days' in the hospital, with minimal impact on his schedule for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Kolar mentioned, "It's Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so we believe it will not have a remarkable impact." He also mentioned that the decision on Pavel's fitness for an upcoming trip abroad will be determined at a later time. The president's office had previously announced his intended travel to Jordan, but the timing of this trip was not immediately confirmed.

Pavel is also set to meet with NATO foreign ministers at an informal meeting in Prague next Thursday, as per a diplomatic source. Reports from Czech media suggested that the accident had occurred on a closed racing circuit, and therefore the police are not conducting an investigation.

A former NATO general, Pavel is recognized for his fervor for motorcycling and is presently riding a BMW R1200 GS. Shortly after his inauguration, he rode a motorbike to visit neighboring Germany. Last summer, media controversy arose after images were published showing Pavel riding a motorbike without a helmet.