Latvia and Sweden considering joint Winter Olympic bid

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The Latvian and Swedish Olympic Committees discussed Latvia's potential involvement in Sweden's candidacy for the 2030 Winter Olympic Games on Thursday, the Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK) has confirmed to Latvian Radio.

Latvia previously participated in Sweden's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, which meant that all competitions in bobsleigh, luge and skeleton would be held on the Sigulda track. That time around though, Sweden lost out to Italy in the final decision.

Sweden is mulling another effort with a bid for the 2030 games, and Latvia could again be on board. This time around the Sigulda track would host the sliding events, but the Latvian side wants to go a step further with unofficial information suggesting Latvia would like to host at least part of the ice hockey tournament, plus potentially curling and short track skating. 

For now all this is only at the stage of good intentions, and working groups will be created that will analyze the situation and possibilities. However, Latvia's recent success in co-hosting the ice hockey World Championship in trying circumstances will stand it in good stead.

Minister of Education and Science Anda Čakša said: "Although five years ago a positive final result was not achieved, the process of preparing the application provided valuable experience and currently allows us to look more broadly at the current situation and Latvia's possible involvement in the Olympic Games as an organizer, using not only our bobsleigh and luge track in Sigulda."


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