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Latvia names 30 athletes in 14 disciplines for Tokyo Olympic Games

The Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK) has released details of 30 athletes in 14 different disciplines who will represent the country in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games, though more are likely to join them.

There will be Latvians fighting for medals in cycling (BMX and road racing), 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, field athletics, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, modern pentathlon, kayaking, wrestling, shooting, karate, judo and equesterianism.

On July 1, according to the official decision of the World Athletics Association, the Latvian team can additionally be supplemented by five more athletes. According to unofficial information supplied by the LOK, they could be - javelin throwers Madara Palameika, Anete Kociņa and Rolands Štrobinders, middle distance runner Līga Velvere and sprinter Gunta Vaičule. According to this plan, 5 more coaches would also join.

LOK President Žoržs Tikmers said: “The Olympic Games are a much-anticipated event in the world of sports and in the sports life of every country. The Tokyo Summer Olympics are all the more special for us, both because we have been waiting for them for five years instead of the usual four, and because they will take place in an unprecedented format related to the safety and health of Olympic teams.

Along with the 30 approved athletes, the list of the delegation also includes 33 coaches, 3 sports doctors and 4 physiotherapists, plus a 7-strong team management and support staff. 

"Currently, 67% of the Latvian Olympic delegation have completed the full vaccination process, 23% are in the vaccination process, while 10% do not plan to be vaccinated," said the LOK.

The official launch of the Olympic team will take place July 5.

The Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed from 2020, are due to take place in Japan between Friday, July 23, 2021 and Sunday, August 8, 2021.

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