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Ostapenko's strong season continues
Ostapenko's strong season continues
Latvia's top tennis player, Aļona Ostapenko, currently ranked 12th in the world, continued her excellent season February 4 by winning the Linz "WTA 500" series tournament on Sunday, defeating the Russian Yekaterina Alexandrova, 6-2, 6-3.
Latvian Olympic Committee says sports financing is in crisis
Latvian Olympic Committee says sports financing is in crisis
Due to delays in the planned state funding for sports federations, the industry is in an unprecedented crisis and at the beginning of the Olympic year is unable to ensure athletes' participation in important competitions, Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK) President Jānis Buks told Latvian Radio on Thursday, February 1.
Latvian parliament confirms Russian and Belarusian sports ban
Latvian parliament confirms Russian and Belarusian sports ban
Latvia's national sports teams will from now on be prohibited from playing against the national teams of Russia and Belarus, according to the amendments to the Sports Law adopted in a final reading by the Saeima on Thursday, February 1.
LTV secures ice hockey World Championship rights
LTV secures ice hockey World Championship rights
Latvian Television (LTV) said January 25 it has secured broadcast rights that will ensure fans can watch Latvia's ice hockey team in action at the IIHF World Championships until 2028.
Best Latvian athletes of 2023 named
Best Latvian athletes of 2023 named
Runner Agate Caune and Latvian ice hockey team goalkeeper Artūrs Šilovs were recognized as the top athletes of the year 2023 at the “Three Star Prize” ceremony in Riga on Wednesday, January 17.
New best for up-and-coming Latvian slalom skier
New best for up-and-coming Latvian slalom skier
Latvian skier Dženifera Ģērmane claimed 8th place in the slalom at the World Cup stage in Flachau, Austria on Tuesday, the 20-year-old athlete once again improving the best result in the history of independent Latvian alpine skiing in the top-level competition.
Survey: public rather indifferent to Latvian Olympics boycott plan
Survey: public rather indifferent to Latvian Olympics boycott plan
The Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK) has not yet decided whether Latvian athletes will start at the Paris Olympics in the summer of 2024 if the participants include "neutral athletes" from the aggressor countries Russia and Belarus. There is no widespread support in Latvian society for either scenario according to the survey of residents conducted by Norstat Research Centre in cooperation with LSM.lv.
New 'Daugava' athletics hall finished
New 'Daugava' athletics hall finished
The multifunctional athletics hall of the Daugava stadium was commissioned December 28, and it will be opened to visitors in early 2024.
Ban advances on playing against Russian, Belarusian sports teams
Ban advances on playing against Russian, Belarusian sports teams
Latvia's national teams will be prohibited from playing against the national teams of Russia and Belarus, according to amendments to the Sports Law, which were supported in the Saeima on Thursday, December 21, in the second reading. The ban will also apply if athletes from these countries participate under so-called 'neutral status'.

The amendments to the law also provide that Latvia will not be allowed to organize team sports national team competitions involving the national teams of Russia or Belarus or their 'neutral' proxies. This will apply to both adult, youth and junior competitions.

The main goal of the amendments to the law is to re-emphasize Latvia's solidarity with Ukraine and to fundamentally block any Russian efforts to legitimize its war crimes through the sports industry.

"The basic idea of ​​the amendments to the Sports Law is to establish at the level of national legislation that Latvian team sports teams, for example in basketball, football or hockey, cannot play mutual games with the teams of the aggressor countries - Russia and Belarus - either on their own or on a neutral field," said Dāvis Mārtiņš Daugavietis (New Unity), chair of the Education, Culture and Sports subcommittee of the Saeima. 
Latvian sports stars to share 885,000 euro bonus
Latvian sports stars to share 885,000 euro bonus
On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, the Latvian government supported a draft order prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) on awarding cash prizes to Latvian athletes, sports competitors and their support staff who have done well during the past year.
Ski season in full swing in Latvia
Ski season in full swing in Latvia
The early arrival of large quantities of snow has been good news for Latvia's ski slopes and winter sports fans, with many slopes already doing strong business, reports Latvian Television.
Successful F4 debut for young Latvian racing driver
Successful F4 debut for young Latvian racing driver
Young Latvian racing driver Tomass Štolcermanis took part in his debut competition in the Formula 4 championship in Asia over the weekend, with the 16-year-old racer winning a place on the podium in one of the races. 
Latvian biathletes gear up for another season
Latvian biathletes gear up for another season
The end of November sees Latvian biathletes join the run-up to the winter sports season, competing in the first stage of the World Cup in Östersund, Sweden. 
Saeima working on Russia and Belarus sports ban
Saeima working on Russia and Belarus sports ban
On Tuesday, October 31, the Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee supported amendments to the Sports Law in a first reading. It is planned to prohibit the organization of team sports, including at youth level, in which the national teams of the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus participate, whether under their national flags or a 'neutral' flag of convenience.
Municipalities should improve access to exercise, auditor says
Municipalities should improve access to exercise, auditor says
Latvian local governments have great opportunities to influence the involvement of residents in physical activities, however, current actions do not reach residents of all ages and target groups. This was concluded by the State Audit Office November 1.
Sigulda's Olympic ambitions remain under discussion
Sigulda's Olympic ambitions remain under discussion
The Winter Olympic Games in 2030 will most likely be held in Europe, with Sweden, France and Switzerland are among the countries interested in hosting the world's winter sport athletes. 
VIDEO: Latvian football cup final
VIDEO: Latvian football cup final
The two teams currently battling it out to win the Latvian top tier football league will also meet in the national cup final on Wednesday evening.

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