On 3 and 4 March, the Ambassador of Latvia to the Republic of Korea, Pēteris Vaivars, visited PyeongChang, the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, where he met with the Mayor of PyeongChang, the leadership of the Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, representatives from the sports delegation of Latvia and the international luge, bobsleigh and skeleton federations.
The Ambassador showed his enthusiasm concerning the city’s large scale plans in preparation of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in meeting with the Mayor of PyeongChang, Sim Jae-kook. Ambassador Vaivars spoke of Latvia’s achievements in winter sports and the arrival of the Latvian delegation including world class athletes – skeletonist Martins Dukurs, the Šics brothers who are lugers, and the four-man bobsleigh team led by Oskars Melbārdis. With reference to the potential cooperation of the city with Latvia and in view of Latvia’s centennial celebrations in 2018, the Ambassador and the Mayor agreed to look at opportunities for organizing a Latvian cultural event in PyongChang during the Olympics or at another convenient time.
The Mayor described the preparations under way for the Olympics, which is a major challenge for a small city like PyeongChang while also being an excellent opportunity to gain visibility across the globe.
In a conversation with the leadership of the Organizing Committee, the Ambassador discussed practical matters in relation to the planned test events, the participation of Latvian athletes, and the goals set by the Committee. The leadership of the Committee commended the contribution by Latvians, including the professionalism of Normunds Kotāns on the Organizing Committee, and, in particular, his good work on the development of the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track.
The delegation of Latvian athletes and technical staff headed by Einars Fogelis, Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Latvia and Vice President of the International Luge Federation, is currently in PyeongChang as part of the process of certification of the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track built in February. The leading Latvian athletes are performing test runs on the Olympic track to ascertain its compliance with standards established by international sports federations.
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803