Latvia added to a year of notable sporting success December 4 with weightlifter Artūrs Plēsnieks claiming a silver medal in the world weightlifting championships being held in the United States of America.
Weightlifter Rebeka Koha on November 30 won bronze at the World Weightlifting Championships in the United States to become the first female weightlifter from Latvia to win a medal at the world championships.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on November 29 it had banned three Russian bobsledders - Aleksandr Kasyanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin - for life over doping allegations related to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Latvia continued to pick up Olympic glory November with news that another Russian champion had been stripped of a title, with the result likely to be that a Latvian bobsled team will be named Olympic gold medallists.
Latvia was a definite hit in the parade of nations before the last Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and looks set to repeat that trick next year after the clothes for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were revealed November 22.
Latvia was in line to upgrade a silver medal for a gold and get a bonus bronze medal into the bargain November 22 with news that a Russian athlete had been stripped of his gold medal for being a drugs cheat.
Latvia's players in the U.S. National Basketball League (NBA) both put in memorable performances this weekend, helping their teams to important victories.
Latvian Post has issued a post stamp dedicated to Jeļena Ostapenko also known as Aļona, Latvia's most successful tennis player. It will be stamped first on November 10.
Latvia's NBA rookie put up a star performance on Sunday by scoring 40 points when his New York Knicks won the Indiana Pacers 108:101, according to the NBA.
Latvia's long-serving national soccer team captain, Kaspars Gorkšs, announced October 31 that he would retire from international duty with immediate effect.
Latvia's NBA star Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 31 points in his season opener on October 19, grabbing 12 rebounds and assuming a leading role in a game the New York Knicks lost to Oklahoma City Thunder 84:105 (24:27, 18:26, 17:26, 25:26).
With the Latvian national soccer team's recent victory against Andorra regarded as a notable achievement, it would be fair to say the national football league (Virsliga) does not stand serious comparison with Serie A in Italy or Germany's Bundesliga.
Kristaps Porziņģis, an NBA player with the New York Knicks, is by a long shot the best-known sportsman Latvia has produced in years. Basketball coach Edvīns Sprūde trained him for eight years in Porziņģis native Liepāja. Sprūde was effectively the first step in a career that has made Kristaps one of the most prominent newcomers in the NBA, Sprūde says in an interview with Rus.lsm.lv.
Latvia managed at least to finish a generally dismal soccer World Cup qualifying tournament on a high of sorts October 11 with a 4-0 win at home to part-timers Andorra.
It says a lot about the state of Latvia's national soccer team right now that securing a 0-0 draw with the Faroe Islands can be seen as an improvement on recent results.
Latvia's No 1 female tennis player Jelena Ostapenko has climbed another two places in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings and is ranked eighth this week, a new record for both Ostapenko and Latvia.
Latvia's champion cruiserweight Mairis Briedis retained his world title in the early hours of October 1 in a hard-fought encounter with Cuban Mike Perez.
Latvia's No. 1 tennis player Jeļena Ostapenko (WTA 10) beat world number one Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Wuhan WTA Premier series tennis tournament.
The Latvian government on September 26 supported an initiative from the Health Ministry for the creation of a new national anti-doping agency.
Latvian basketball star Kristaps Porziņģis was caught exceeding the speed limit while home in Latvia this month, LSM's Latvian language service reported September 25, citing the LETA news agency.
A Latvian runner has broken a world record according to the rules of the Guinness World Record company by running 144.44 kilometers on a treadmill in 12 hours.
Latvian tennis star Jelena Ostapenko proved her extraordinary triumph at the French Open earlier in the year was no fluke by adding a second tour win of the season to her trophy cabinet September 24.
Riding the wave of a new career high, Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 10) just beat Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg (WTA 77) at the Seoul Open to advance to the semi-finals, organizers say.
On September 21 Latvia's top tennis player Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 10) beat Japan's Nao Hibino (WTA 72) to advance to the quarterfinals, organizers said.