NOC OF LATVIA CELEBRATES COUNTRY’S 100TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY AND 30 YEARS FROM ITS FIRST OLYMPICS
19 November 2018
During the month of Latvia’s National 100th Anniversary celebrations, the NOC has dedicated an exhibition to its Olympians namely “Latvian Olympic Hall of Fame”, showcasing in the national sport museum all the gold, silver and bronze medals won over the last 30 years.
Latvia’s National Day, also known as Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, commemorates the declaration of independence of the Republic of Latvia from the German and Russian occupation on 18 November 1918, after the end of the First World War.
Besides this milestone, the country and the Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK) have another unforgettable date to celebrate, the 19th of November 1988, which marked their first participation at an Olympic Games. 30 years have passed by from then, and this year the LOK decided to combine the commemorative events and pay tribute to all those athletes who distinguished along the last 3 decades.
At the opening ceremony of the “Olympic Hall of Fame” on 14 November, President of the Latvian Republic Raimonds Vējonis delivered a welcome speech and praised all Latvian athletes for their contribution to the country.
LOK President Aldons Vrublevskis briefly retraced the history of the NOC, thanking all the Olympians, World and European Champions who contributed with their successes and values to the growth of the Olympic movement in the country.
“We are proud of 100 years of progress”, Vrublevskis said. “With this event, we want to honour more than 600 Olympians who have fiercely represented both their people and country over these 30 years, winning a total of 94 Olympic medals”.