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Latvia to help Sweden with 2026 Winter Olympic bid

Riga, Latvia. Photo: David Keyton/AP

Published: 13.Jun.2018 07:14 hrs

Latvia's government on Tuesday adopted a resolution allowing Riga to help Stockholm in its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, namely by giving the Swedish Olympic Committee the right to use the Baltic state's artificial ice track.

Sweden currently has no ice track of its own for bobsleigh, skeleton and luge competitions, while the facility in the central Latvian town of Sigulda has hosted European and World Championships for luge, as well as World Cup and Europa Cup competitions for bobsleigh and skeleton.

The track was built in 1986 and is just 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the capital Riga which has ferry links to Stockholm.

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