Latvian Olympic Committee
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The Latvian Olympic Committee (Latvian: Latvijas Olimpiskā Komiteja or LOK) is a non-profit organization that is the National Olympic Committee for Latvia. It was created in 1922 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 1923. Its headquarters are in Riga.
The Committee was created on 23 April 1922. In 1923 it received a notice from International Olympic Committee that Latvia could take part in the next Olympic Games. After the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union in 1940, its activity was suspended. During this time, Latvians competed as part of USSR delegation.
The committee was reformed on 17 September 1988 and recognised by the IOC in 1991.
List of LOK Presidents
- 1922-1933 Jānis Dikmanis
- 1933-1934 Roberts Plūme
- 1934-1938 Marģers Skujenieks
- 1938-1940 Alfreds Bērziņš
- 1940-1988 Committee suspended after the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union
- 1988-2004 Vilnis Baltiņš
- 2004-present Aldons Vrubļevskis
The LOK is present on social media, with the Press Office of the Committee running an official Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts. The LOK is also present on YouTube with its own channel.
Beginning in 2004, the Latvian Olympic Committee has organised a multi-sport event called the Latvian Olympiad (Latvijas Olimpiāde), usually shortly before the corresponding Olympic Games. Summer and Winter Latvian Olympiads and Youth Olympiads have been held. These are modelled on the Olympic Games, with teams representing Latvian municipalities, an opening and closing ceremony. In some cases, Olympiad competitions have served as qualifiers to the Latvian Olympic team.
- Latvian Olympic on Facebook. Facebook.
- Latvian Olympic on Twitter. Twitter.
- Latvian Olympic on Instagram. Instagram.
- Latvian Olympic on YouTube. YouTube.
- Berzins, Karlis (8 July 2004). "Latvia holds its first ever Olympiad ahead of Athens". Baltic Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.; "Olimpiādes" (in Latvian). Latvijas Olimpiskā komiteja. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
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