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Latvian president thanks Olympians

  • 2008-08-29
  • In cooperation with BNS
Latvian President Valdis Zatlers has thanked the members ofthe Olympic team for their "excellent" results in Beijing.

Latvian athletes took home one gold, one silver and one bronzemedal from the Games, giving the country one of the top medal-to-populationratios in the world.

 "The Beijing Olympic cycle has closed and the London Olympic cycle is starting and I believe you are preparing for even betterstarts. My family and I had the delight of being with you in Beijing.We supported you as much as we could and enjoyed your results together with you,"the president said in a meeting with the athletes.

 The president was criticized in the local media for his decisionto stay in Beijing to watch theGames instead of joining the other Baltic presidents in a trip to Georgia after the fighting broke out.