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LEGAL ACTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA
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Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

30 October 2003 [shall come into force from 1 January 2004];
29 January 2004 [shall come into force from 2 March 2004];
9 June 2005 [shall come into force from 6 July 2005];
26 October 2006 [shall come into force from 23 November 2006];
29 January 2009 [shall come into force from [19 February 2009];
14 May 2009 [shall come into force from 17 June 2009];
28 January 2016 [shall come into force from 1 March 2016];
14 April 2016 [shall come into force from 12 May 2016];
22 June 2017 [shall come into force from 1 July 2017];
24 May 2018 [shall come into force from 1 July 2018].

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted and
the President has proclaimed the following law:

Sports Law

Section 1. Terms Used in this Law

The following terms are used in this Law:

1) sports facility - a structure built or adapted exclusively for sport, and also the environment (fields, tracks for sports activities, health tracks, etc.);

2) sports employee - a natural person who performs his or her activities in the field of sport by carrying out educational, referee, methodological, organisational or other types of work or providing services for athletes or sports competitions;

3) [26 October 2006];

4) sports educational institution - an institution which is established by the State, local governments or other legal or natural persons and has the task to implement sports education programmes, or a merchant for which the implementation of sports education programmes is one of the types of commercial activities;

5) sports education programme - a professionally oriented sports education programme or extracurricular education programme that includes a specified content of sports education;

51) sporting event - sports competitions, sports demonstrations or any other activities in the field of sports. A sports training (session) shall not be considered a sporting event;

6) sports competition - an event aimed at determining the best athletes or teams which takes place according to the competition regulations approved by the competition organiser;

7) sports specialist - a sports employee who is conducting sports training (sessions) or is otherwise directly involved in ensuring sports training (sessions);

8) sports training (session) - a process to acquire, maintain and improve skills, competences and abilities in sport;

9) athlete - a natural person who engages in sport and takes part in sports competitions;

10) sport - all types of individual or organised activities for maintaining and improving physical and mental health, and also achievement of success in sports competitions.

[29 January 2004; 26 October 2006; 14 May 2009; 14 April 2016; 24 May 2018]

Section 2. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is to specify the general and legal basis for sports organisation and development, mutual relationships of sports organisations, State and local government institutions and basic tasks in sports development, and the basis for the financing of sport, as well as the principles that shall be followed when taking part in the international sports movement.

Section 3. Basic Principles to be Followed in the Field of Sport

The following basic principles shall be followed in the field of sport:

1) the principle of equality which provides that every person has the right to engage in sport;

2) the principle of fair play which determines that care shall be taken that the Olympic ideals and principles of ethics are followed, as well as dishonesty and the use of doping, physical and moral rudeness in sport is fought against in the educational, organisational and administrative work related to sport;

3) the principle of safety which provides that sporting events and sports training (sessions) take place in a safe environment and are organised and conducted by qualified sports employees;

4) the principle of good governance which provides that the sports organisational and management work includes democratic management structures, clear objectives, fair procedures, openness, cooperation with the stakeholders, efficient and sustainable regulation, as well as clear levels of supervision and responsibility.

[24 May 2018]

Section 4. Sport in Educational Institutions

(1) Sport in educational institutions shall ensure the improvement and development of physical and mental abilities of educatees, and raise awareness of active, healthy lifestyle and sports competition.

(2) Educatees with special needs who study at educational institutions shall be provided with the possibility to participate in sports activities in conformity with their special needs.

(3) Sports activities shall be included in pre-school education programmes.

(4) The founder of an educational institution shall ensure that a sports facility and equipment is accessible to educatees.

(5) An educational institution shall promote the organisation of sports activities after the compulsory educational process has ended and with its own sports facility and equipment shall primarily provide educatees of the institution with extracurricular sports activities and only thereafter shall provide other persons with sports activities.

(6) Pursuant to an order of the Minister for Education and Science the specialisation of general education institutions in one or several types of sport may be approved.

[26 October 2006]

Section 5. Competence of the Ministry of Education and Science in the Field of Sport

(1) The Ministry of Education and Science shall implement the State administrative functions in the sports sector.

(2) In the field of sport the Ministry of Education and Science shall:

1) implement a unified State policy;

2) develop draft laws and regulations;

3) implement purposeful international co-operation and ensure Latvian representation in international sports organisations;

4) perform other functions and tasks specified in laws and regulations.

(3) [29 January 2009].

[26 October 2006; 29 January 2009]

Section 6. Competence of Other Sectoral Ministries in the Field of Sport

(1) The Ministry of Welfare in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science shall:

1) support the Latvian Paralympic Committee and the programmes developed by it, as well as promote the implementation of care programmes for disabled athletes;

2) develop a programme to support outstanding sports veterans of Latvia and ensure the implementation of the referred to programme by taking into account the opinion of the Latvian National Sports Council.

(2) The Ministry of the Interior in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science shall:

1) ensure general and special professional physical fitness of the employees of the Ministry of the Interior and its institutions;

2) support the training and competition possibilities of the best athletes of the State - employees of the Ministry of the Interior and its institutions;

3) in accordance with the recommendation of the Latvian National Sports Council, support individual types of sport in the institutions of the Ministry of the Interior.

(3) The Ministry of Defence in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science shall:

1) develop programmes for improvement of the physical fitness of young people;

2) ensure general and special professional physical fitness of soldiers;

3) support the training and competition possibilities of the best athletes of the State - soldiers;

4) in accordance with the recommendation of the Latvian National Sports Council, support individual types of sport in the institutions of the Ministry of Defence.

(4) The Ministry of Justice in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science shall develop sports programmes and ensure the implementation thereof in places of imprisonment.

(5) The Ministry of Health in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science shall:

1) provide the compilation and analysis of data related to the physical development and physical fitness of minor athletes and children subject to increased physical load;

2) organise health care and medical surveillance in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the Cabinet for athletes and children with increased physical loads;

3) carry out the measures necessary for implementation of the provisions of International Convention against Doping in Sport of 19 October 2005 and the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe (ETS No. 135) of 16 November 1989 (hereinafter - the anti-doping conventions);

4) [24 May 2018];

5) develop programmes of sports medicine, including physical rehabilitation programmes for athletes, and co-ordinate issues related to sports medicine in the State.

[29 January 2004; 9 June 2005; 26 October 2006; 14 May 2009; 24 May 2018]

Section 7. Competence of Local Governments in the Field of Sport

(1) Local governments, when promoting a healthy lifestyle and sports development in their administrative territories, are entitled to:

1) specify an employee or institution responsible for sport;

2) build and maintain sports facilities and ensure the necessary equipping thereof;

3) promote the formation and operation of sports organisations, including sports clubs;

4) support the further education of sports specialists and other sports employees;

5) finance sports competitions;

6) finance licensed sports education programmes and sporting events which are implemented by sports clubs in the administrative territory thereof.

(2) Local governments shall finance licensed sports education programmes in the accredited sports educational institutions under their supervision.

[26 October 2006]

Section 8. Competence of Employers

(1) Employers shall support their employees in engaging in sport.

(2) Employers are entitled to organise sports competitions for employees, as well as ensure their participation in the competitions organised by other persons.

[26 October 2006]

Section 9. Latvian National Sports Council

(1) The Latvian National Sports Council is a public consultative institution which participates in the development of the State sports policy, facilitates sports development and co-operation in the field of sport, as well as in the making of decisions regarding matters related to sport. The Cabinet shall approve the by-law of the Latvian National Sports Council.

(2) The Latvian National Sports Council and its chairperson shall be approved by the Cabinet. The Latvian National Sports Council shall consist of the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Finance, the Minister for the Interior, the Minister for Education and Science, the Minister for Welfare, the Minister for Health, a higher State official responsible for sports specified by the Minister for Education and Science, the president of the association Latvian Olympic Committee, the president of the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia, the president of the association Union of Latvian Sports Veterans (Seniors) [Latvijas Sporta veterānu (senioru) savienība], the president of the association Latvian Sports for All Association, the head of the association Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, the rector of the Latvian Academy of Sports Education and the president of the association Sports Union of Latvian Higher Education Institutions. The Cabinet may include also other members in the composition of the Latvian National Sports Council but not more than three members of the Cabinet and three heads of sports federations, taking into account that the number of additionally included members of the Cabinet and the heads of sports federations must be the same.

(3) The Latvian National Sports Council shall:

1) participate in the development of the State sports policy;

2) develop recommendations for distribution of the State budget funds in the field of sport and submit such recommendations to the Ministry of Education and Science;

3) provide the Cabinet with recommendations in relation to the awarding of monetary prizes for outstanding achievements in sport;

4) provide an opinion on the organisation of international competitions (Olympic Games, final competitions of the World and European Championships) in Latvia;

5) provide an opinion on the conformity of a sports facility to the status of a national sports facility;

6) [26 October 2006];

7) advise the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of the Interior regarding the types of sport to be supported in the institutions of such ministries;

8) provide the Ministry of Welfare with an opinion on a support programme for the outstanding sports veterans of Latvia.

(4) The decisions of the Latvian National Sports Council shall be accessible to any stakeholder.

[29 January 2004; 9 June 2005; 26 October 2006; 14 May 2009 / Amendments to Paragraph two shall come into force on 1 August 2009. See Transitional Provisions.]

Section 10. Sports Organisations

(1) Sports organisations are sports clubs, sports federations and other institutions referred to in this Law.

(2) A sports club is an association in which natural persons and legal persons have united in order to implement their interests in a specific type of sport and to promote its development. Any sports educational institution which does not have the status of a legal person may also be a member of a sports club, if the provisions of Paragraph 3.1 of this Section are complied with. Sports clubs may join together into a sports federation.

(3) A sports federation is an association which is composed of sports clubs and other legal persons the work of which is associated with a specific type of sport or field of activities, and the purpose of which is to manage and co-ordinate the work in the relevant type of sport or field of activities, as well as to represent such type of sport or field of activities in the relevant international sports organisations. Any sports educational institution which does not have the status of a legal person may also be a member of a sports federation, if the provisions of Paragraph 3.1 of this Section are complied with. A sports federation may represent several types of sport or fields of activities.

(31) A sports educational institution which does not have the status of a legal person may also be a member of a sports club or a sports federation, if it has received the respective authorisation from its founder. The respective authorisation for a State-founded sports educational institution shall be approved by a decision of the Cabinet, but for a sports educational institution founded by a local government - by a decision of the local government council.

(4) A sports federation has the right to manage and co-ordinate the work in the relevant type of sport (in the relevant types of sport) or field of activities in the State, as well as to represent the State in the relevant international sports organisation if such federation has been recognised in accordance with the procedures specified in this Law.

(41) Regulations such as sports rules, qualification requirements for sports employees, and sports competition rules issued by a sports federation recognised in Latvia shall be available to the public on the Internet homepage of the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia.

(5) Only one sports federation may be recognised in one type of sport or field of activities.

(6) The activities of the sports federations recognised in Latvia shall be co-ordinated, their shared interests represented and implemented by the sports organisation - the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia.

(7) The activities of the sports federations recognised in Latvia in respect of the Olympic sports approved by the International Olympic Committee shall be co-ordinated, their shared interests represented and implemented by the sports organisation - the association Latvian Olympic Committee.

(8) The activities of sports federations of disabled persons recognised in Latvia in respect of the types of sport represented in the International Paralympic Committee and other types of disabled sports shall be co-ordinated, sports interests of disabled persons represented and implemented by the sports organisation - the association Latvian Paralympic Committee.

(9) The co-operation of the local governments in the field of sport shall be co-ordinated, their shared interests represented and implemented by the association Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments.

(10) The preparation of the best athletes in the State in the individual types of Olympic sports for participation in the Olympic games, youth Olympiads and other international sports competitions shall be ensured by the specialised sports organisation - the limited liability company SIA Latvijas Olimpiskā vienība [Latvian Olympic Team];

(11) Student sport in Latvia shall be co-ordinated, and their shared interests represented by the association Sports Union of Latvian Higher Education Institutions.

[26 October 2006; 29 January 2009; 14 April 2016; 22 June 2017]

10.1 Criteria and Procedures for the Recognition of Sports Federations

(1) A sports federation shall be recognised if it meets the following criteria:

1) the purpose of activity specified in the statutes of the sports federation is the development of the relevant type of sport (the relevant types of sport) or the field of activity in the State;

2) sports competitions are organised in the type of sport represented (types of sports represented) by the sports federation or in the field of activity thereof;

3) the term of office of the executive body specified in the statutes of the sports federation does not exceed four years;

4) the members of the sports federation consist only of legal persons or sports educational institutions which do not have the status of a legal person;

5) the head of the sports federation is a citizen of the Republic of Latvia;

6) merchants in the sports federation form not more than a half of the total number of the members of the sports federation;

7) the sports federation in its activities follows the requirements of the anti-doping conventions;

8) the information on the sports federation and the events organised by it is available on the Internet.

(2) The decision on the recognition of a sports federation, refusal to recognise it or the decision on the withdrawal of the status of a sports federation shall be taken by the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia. The Cabinet shall determine the procedures for the recognition of a sports federation.

(3) The information on the recognised sports federations shall be compiled in the register of recognised sports federations. The holder and manager of the register of recognised sports federations shall be the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia. The content of the information to be included in the register of recognised sports federations and procedures for updating thereof shall be determined by the Cabinet.

(4) The activity of the recognised sports federations in the field of sport shall be controlled by the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia. The Cabinet shall specify the procedures by which the activities of the recognised sports federations in the field of sports shall be controlled.

(5) In fulfilling the tasks referred to in Paragraph two of this Section, the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia shall be entitled to issue administrative acts.

(6) In fulfilling the tasks referred to in Paragraphs two, three and four of this Section, the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia shall be under functional subordination of the Ministry of Science and Education.

(7) Appeal of the decision on the recognition of a sports federation, refusal to recognise it, or the decision on the withdrawal of the status of a recognised sports federation shall not suspend the operation thereof.

[29 January 2009; 22 June 2017]

10.2 Procedures for the Withdrawal of the Status of a Recognised Sports Federation

The status of a recognised sports federation shall be withdrawn if:

1) the activities of the sports federation fail to comply with the criteria specified in Section 10.1 of this Law;

2) the activities of the sports federation fail to comply with laws and regulations in the field of sports and the statutes of the sports federation.

[29 January 2009]

Section 11. Latvian Olympic Committee

(1) The Olympic movement in the State shall be managed and co-ordinated by the sports organisation - the association Latvian Olympic Committee.

(2) The association Latvian Olympic Committee, by combining the State, local government and its own financial resources, shall implement the following programmes:

1) the Olympic education programme;

2) the Olympic Movement youth programme;

3) the Olympic Movement regional development programme;

4) the programme for the development of types of sport;

5) the programme for participation of the State's best athletes in the Olympic games, youth Olympiads and other international and regional complex competitions.

[29 January 2004; 26 October 2006]

Section 11.1 National Anti-Doping Regulations

(1) The field of anti-doping shall be governed by the provisions of anti-doping conventions and the National Anti-Doping Regulations. The Cabinet shall issue the National Anti-Doping Regulations.

(2) The National Anti-Doping Regulations shall include the definition of doping, determine infringements of anti-doping regulations, govern the procedures and time periods for proving them, the annulment of the results and sanctions, the procedures and time periods for submitting and examining appeals of the decisions taken by the institutions involved in the field of anti-doping, the procedures and time periods for the recognition of the decisions of the institutions involved in the field of anti-doping, the restricting provisions for the application of sanctions, as well as other provisions in conformity with the anti-doping conventions.

[24 May 2018]

Section 11.2 Antidoping Bureau of Latvia

(1) The Antidoping Bureau of Latvia:

1) shall ensure conformity with the provisions of anti-doping conventions and the National Anti-Doping Regulations;

2) shall prepare and approve the annual plan of doping control analysis and the annual registers of athletes to be tested;

3) shall ensure collection of samples obtained from athletes during doping controls at sports competitions and out-of-competition and conducting analyses at a laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency;

4) shall conduct examination and investigation of infringements of the anti-doping regulations;

5) is entitled to impose a temporary prohibition for the athlete to participate in sports competitions if an infringement of the anti-doping regulations is detected;

6) shall address the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission if an infringement of the anti-doping regulations is detected;

7) shall ensure control of execution of the decisions of the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission, the Therapeutic Use Exemption Commission, and the Appeals Commission;

8) shall implement educational and research measures in the field of anti-doping;

9) shall carry out processing of personal data, including health data, in conformity with the laws and regulations governing personal data protection in order to ensure fulfilment of the provisions of anti-doping conventions and the National Anti-Doping Regulations;

10) shall take other measures laid down in the laws and regulations governing the field of anti-doping.

(2) The Antidoping Bureau of Latvia is a direct administrative authority under the supervision of the Minister for Health to which the financial resources for the implementation of activity are granted and which has its own personnel.

(3) An athlete or a sports employee may submit complaints regarding the measures of the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia referred to in Paragraph one, Clauses 2, 3, 4, and 6 of this Section to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport or to the World Anti-Doping Agency in conformity with the provisions of anti-doping conventions or the National Anti-Doping Regulations. The athlete may submit a complaint regarding the decision referred to in Paragraph one, Clause 5 of this Section to the Appeals Commission or to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in conformity with the provisions of anti-doping conventions or the National Anti-Doping Regulations. The Administrative Procedure Law shall not be applicable in examination of such complaints.

[24 May 2018]

Section 11.3 Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission

(1) The Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission shall, in conformity with the National Anti-Doping Regulations and the Cabinet regulations referred to in Paragraph six of this Section, as well as the provisions of Section 11.2, Paragraph one, Clause 6 of this Law, examine infringements of anti-doping regulations and take a decision on them and on the punishment sanctions applicable to the athlete or sports employee. The Administrative Procedure Law shall not be applicable in taking of such decisions.

(2) The Antidoping Bureau of Latvia shall address the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission if a potential infringement of the anti-doping regulations has been detected.

(3) In order to examine the potential infringements of the anti-doping regulations referred to in Paragraph one of this Section, the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission shall perform processing of personal data, including health data, in conformity with the laws and regulations governing personal data protection.

(4) The decisions of the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission shall be binding on athletes, sports organisations, and sports employees. The Antidoping Bureau of Latvia, an athlete, or a sports employee may submit complaints regarding decisions of the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission to the Appeals Commission or to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in conformity with the provisions of anti-doping conventions or the National Anti-Doping Regulations. The Administrative Procedure Law shall not be applicable in examination of such complaints.

(5) The Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission shall be established by the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia, including at least five persons in its composition (including a lawyer, physician, sports employee, and athlete) who are able to examine cases in a fair, objective, and independent manner and who are nominated by the Latvian Association of Physicians, the association Latvian Olympic Committee, the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia, the specialised sports organisation - the limited liability company SIA Latvijas Olimpiskā vienība [Latvian Olympic Team] - and the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. The Cabinet shall determine the procedures by which the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia shall establish the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission, as well as the term of office of members of the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission.

(6) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures and time periods in which the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia shall address the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission, and the procedures and time periods in which the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission shall examine the potential infringements of anti-doping regulations and take decisions on them.

[24 May 2018]

Section 11.4 Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission

(1) The Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission shall examine a questionnaire of the therapeutic use exemption application submitted by an athlete and take a decision to grant a therapeutic use exemption authorisation or to refuse to grant it in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph six of this Section. The Administrative Procedure Law shall not be applicable in taking such decisions.

(2) An athlete who, on the basis of medical indications, must use medicinal products the composition of which contains substances included in Annex 1 to the International Convention against Doping in Sport of 19 October 2005 shall address the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission by submitting a questionnaire of the therapeutic use exemption application to the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia.

(3) In order to take the decision referred to in Paragraph one of this Section, the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission shall perform processing of personal data, including health data, in conformity with the laws and regulations governing personal data protection.

(4) The decisions of the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission shall be binding on the athletes who have submitted the questionnaire of the therapeutic use exemption application, as well as to sports employees. Athletes may submit complaints regarding such decisions to the Appeals Commission or to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport according to the provisions of anti-doping conventions or the National Anti-Doping Regulations. The Administrative Procedure Law shall not be applicable in examination of such complaints.

(5) The Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission shall be established by the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia. In accordance with the requirements laid down in the International Convention against Doping in Sport of 19 October 2005 the composition of such commission shall include at least three physicians nominated by the Latvian Association of Physicians who are able to examine cases in a fair, objective, and independent manner. The Cabinet shall determine the procedures by which the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia shall establish the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission, as well as the term of office of members of the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission.

(6) The Cabinet shall determine the procedures and time periods in which an athlete shall submit a questionnaire of the therapeutic use exemption application, as well as the procedures and time periods in which the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission shall take a decision on therapeutic use exemptions.

[24 May 2018]

Section 11.5 Appeals Commission

(1) The Appeals Commission shall examine the following in conformity with the provisions of anti-doping conventions and the National Anti-Doping Regulations:

1) complaints of athletes regarding decisions of the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia on temporary prohibition to participate in sports competitions;

2) complaints of athletes regarding decisions of the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission;

3) complaints of the Antidoping Bureau of Latvia, athletes, or sports employees regarding decisions of the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission.

(2) In order to examine the complaints referred to in Paragraph one of this Section, the Appeals Commission shall perform processing of personal data, including health data, in conformity with the laws and regulations governing personal data protection.

(3) The decisions of the Appeals Commission shall be binding on athletes, sports organisations, and sports employees and are not subject to appeal.

(4) The Appeals Commission shall be established by the Cabinet, including at least five persons in its composition for a term of office not exceeding four years (including a lawyer, physician, sports employee, and athlete) who are able to examine cases in a fair, objective, and independent manner and who are nominated by the Latvian Association of Physicians, the association Latvian Olympic Committee, the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia, the specialised sports organisation - limited liability company Latvian Olympic Union - and the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. The same representative may be nominated for inclusion in the composition of the Appeals Commission for not more than two terms of office in succession. A representative who is included in the composition of the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission or the Therapeutic Use Exemptions Commission shall not be nominated for inclusion in the composition of the Appeals Commission.

[24 May 2018]

Section 12. Sports Facilities

(1) Sports facilities shall be developed and maintained in order to provide the general public with the possibility to engage in sport. The sports facilities owned by the State or local governments shall be used for the provision of sports services necessary for the general public.

(2) The Cabinet may grant the status of a national sports facility in accordance with the procedures specified by the law On the Status of a National Sports Facility.

(3) The information regarding sports facilities present in the State shall be compiled in the register of sports facilities. The register of national sports facilities shall be a part of the register of sports facilities. The register of sports facilities shall be kept by the Ministry of Education and Science. The content of information to be included in the register of sports facilities and the procedures for updating thereof shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[14 May 2009 / The new wording of Paragraph two and Paragraph three shall come into force on 1 August 2009. See Transitional Provisions.]

Section 13. Financial Resources for Sport

(1) The State budget funds for sport shall be allocated in accordance with the annual State budget law. The amount of financing of the budget sub-program Outstanding Achievements in Sport shall not be less than in the previous budgetary year.

(2) Financial resources for sport shall also contain the resources of local governments, legal and natural persons, the resources of sports organisations and allocations of international sports federations.

(3) Children and youth sport shall be above all financed from the State budget.

(4) Sports federations recognised in Latvia, as well as the association Latvian Olympic Committee and the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia have the right to receive financial resources from the State budget.

(5) The State shall financially ensure the preparation and participation of the national team in sports games in European and World championships, and Olympic games selection tourneys, and final competitions according to the procedures specified by the Cabinet.

(6) Sporting events co-financed from the State budget shall indicate in the information thereof that the event is supported from the State budget. The Cabinet shall determine the procedures by which it shall be indicated in the information that it is co-financed from the State budget, as well as the content of the information.

(7) If an athlete, sports organisation, or sports employee does not fulfil the obligations laid down in this Law, other laws and regulations governing the field of sports, or in the contract on granting the resources from the State or local government budget, the institution which granted the financial resources shall assess the nature of the infringement and take a decision to discontinue the disbursement of the financial resources granted to the athlete, sports organisation, or sports employee and to apply other sanctions provided for in the contract.

[30 October 2003; 29 January 2004; 26 October 2006; 29 January 2009; 24 May 2018]

Section 14. Monetary Prizes for Outstanding Achievements in Sport

(1) The Cabinet may award monetary prizes for outstanding achievements in sport to athletes, their coaches, sports employees that provide services to athletes, including sports doctors, service personnel and the relevant sports federations.

(2) Procedures by which monetary prizes for outstanding achievements in sport shall be awarded and the amount of monetary prizes shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[9 June 2005]

Section 15. Organisation of Sporting Events

(1) An organiser of a sporting event may be a legal person, a natural person with the capacity to act, as well as the State or local government institutions.

(2) An organiser of a sporting event shall ensure public order, access to medical assistance, compliance with hygiene, fire safety, safety equipment and other safety provisions as well as laws and regulations during the event and at the venue thereof.

(3) Athletes, spectators and other persons involved in the sporting event shall have an obligation to comply with the instructions given by the organiser of the sporting event, general provisions regarding public order and safety, as well as laws and regulations.

(4) According to the cases and procedures laid down in the Law on Safety of Public Entertainment and Festivity Events the organiser of a public sporting event shall receive the permission for its organisation from the local government in the territory of which the event is to take place or inform the local government of the time and venue of the event.

(5) Sports competitions shall take place according to the competition regulations approved by the organiser of the competition, which must contain the following information:

1) the name, time and agenda of the sports competition;

2) the venue of the sports competition and information characterising it;

3) the organiser of the sports competition (for a legal entity - the name and registration number; for a natural person - name, surname) and contact information;

4) the sports employee responsible for organising the sports competition (name, surname) and his or her contact information;

5) the type of sports and the competition regulations according to which the sports competition takes place;

6) information on the compliance of the competition venue (track) and the qualification of the main competition referee with the provisions of Paragraph six of this Section - if sports competitions in car racing, motor sport or water motor sport are organised.

(6) The organisation of sports competitions in car racing, motor sport, and water motor sport shall be allowed only at a licensed permanently or temporarily arranged sports competition venue (track) under the guidance of a licensed main referee having an appropriate category in the relevant type of sports.

(7) Motor sport tracks and referees shall be licensed by the association Latvian Motorsport Federation; car racing tracks and referees shall be licensed by the association Latvian Automobile Federation; water motor sport tracks and referees shall be licensed by the association Latvian Water Motorsport Federation. The Cabinet shall determine the licensing requirements and the procedures for licensing the tracks and the main referees in the relevant type of sports.

[14 April 2016 / See Paragraph 10 of Transitional Provisions]

Section 15.1 Manipulation of Sports Competitions

(1) Manipulation of sports competitions (hereinafter - the manipulation) is any activity that focuses on violating the unpredictability of the course of the competition or its results.

(2) Manipulation shall be forbidden.

(3) Athletes, sports organisations, sports employees and sports specialists shall have the obligation to take all necessary measures to prevent manipulation.

[28 January 2016]

Section 16. Participation in International Sports Competitions

Athletes and teams, after co-ordination with the relevant sports federation, shall use the national symbols in international sports competitions in accordance with the procedures prescribed by laws and regulations. Participation of national team in international sports competitions shall be organised by the sport federation of Latvia that is represented in the relevant international sports organisation.

Section 17. Organisation of the Olympic Games, Final Competitions of the World and European Championships

The Olympic Games in Latvia shall be organised by the association Latvian Olympic Committee, the final competitions of the World and European Championships - by sports federations, after co-ordination with the Latvian National Sports Council. Organisers of the Olympic Games, the final competitions of the World and European championships have a duty to fulfil the requirements of the International Olympic Committee and international sports federations.

[26 October 2006]

Section 18. Rights and Obligations of an Athlete

(1) An athlete has the right to participate in sports training and competitions.

(2) An athlete has an obligation to conform to the rules of international sports federations, the principles of sports ethics and fair play, the provisions of the anti-doping conventions, as well as laws and regulations.

(3) An athlete shall be responsible for his or her state of health, performance of regular health examinations, and his or her health and life insurance.

(4) Parents (persons who exercise custody rights) and sports specialists shall be responsible for the health care, regular performance of health examinations, health and life insurance of under-age athletes.

[26 October 2006; 14 April 2016; 24 May 2018]

Section 19. A Professional Athlete

A professional athlete shall be a natural person who on the basis of a contract of employment and for the agreed remuneration prepares himself or herself for sports competitions and participates therein.

Section 20. Obligations of a Sports Employee and a Sports Specialist

(1) A sports employee shall follow the rules of international sports federations and sports federations recognised in Latvia, the principles of sports ethics and fair play, the rules of the anti-doping conventions, as well as laws and regulations.

(2) [24 May 2018]

(3) The qualification requirements of sports educators, except for those educators who implement sports education programmes, shall be determined by the Education Law. The certification of sports specialists shall be performed by the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia. The Cabinet shall determine certification procedures for sports specialists and requirements to which sports specialists must conform in order to acquire the right to work in the field of sport.

(4) Fee for certification of sports specialists shall be determined by the Cabinet.

[26 October 2006; 29 January 2009; 14 April 2016; 24 May 2018]

Transitional Provisions

1. Until the adoption of the relevant Cabinet regulations, but not longer than six months from the date of coming into force of this Law, the following Cabinet Regulations shall be applied insofar as they are not in conflict with this Law:

1) Cabinet Regulation No. 169 of 14 May 1996, By-Law of Latvian National Sports Council;

2) Cabinet Regulation No. 62 of 15 February 2000, Procedures By Which Monetary Prizes for Outstanding Achievements in Sport Shall Be Awarded.

2. Procedures for the certification of sports specialists and requirements to which sports specialists shall conform in order to acquire the rights to work in the field of sport shall come into force on 1 September 2004.

3. On 1 January 2004 the Sports Administration shall commence the recognition of sports federations in compliance with the provisions of Section 10, Paragraph three of this Law.

4. The Latvian National Sports Council shall commence its operation not later than six months after the coming into force of this Law.

5. Up to the day of the coming into force of the new Cabinet regulations referred to in Section 10, Paragraph four of this Law, but not later than by 1 March 2007, Cabinet Regulation No. 505 of 9 September 2003, Procedures for the Recognition of Sports Federations, shall be applied insofar as they are not in contradiction with this Law.

[26 October 2006]

6. Up to the day of the coming into force of the new Cabinet regulations referred to in Section 20, Paragraph three of this Law, but not later than by 1 March 2007, Cabinet Regulation No. 593 of 28 October 2003, Certification Procedures of Sports Specialists and Requirements to which Sports Specialists must Conform in order to Acquire the Right to Work in the Field of Sport, shall be applied insofar as they are not in contradiction with this Law.

[26 October 2006]

7. Amendments to Section 20, Paragraph three of this Law regarding the delegating of the certification of sports specialists to the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia shall come into force on 1 March 2007.

[26 October 2006]

8. A sports federation which has been recognised by the Sports Administration until the day of the coming into force of Section 10.1 of this Law shall keep its status until 31 December 2010. If the sports federation wishes to keep the status of a recognised sports federation after 31 December 2010, it shall submit the relevant submission to the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia by 1 September 2010. If the sports federation has not submitted the submission to the association Sports Federation Council of Latvia by 1 September 2010, it shall lose the status of a recognised sports federation on 1 January 2011.

[29 January 2009]

9. Amendments to Section 1, Clause 1 of this Law regarding exclusion of the words "or a part thereof", the supplementing of the listing included in Section 6, Paragraph five, Clause 5 with the programmes for physical rehabilitation of athletes, amendments to Section 9, Paragraph two regarding the supplementing thereof with the words "the president of the association Union of Latvian Sports Veterans (Seniors) [Latvijas Sporta veterānu (senioru) savienība], the president of the association Latvian Sports for All Association", as well as amendments to Section 12, Paragraph two regarding the right of the Cabinet to determine the status of national sports facility for a sports facility and amendments to Section 12, Paragraph three regarding the register of sports facilities and the procedures for the conducting thereof shall come into force on 1 August 2009.

[14 May 2009]

10. The requirement to permit the organisation of sports competitions in car racing, motor sport or water motor sport only at a licensed competition venue (track) of the relevant types of sports under the guidance of a licensed main referee having an appropriate category in the relevant type of sports laid down in Section 15, Paragraph six of this Law, shall come into force on 1 July 2016. Licences issued to the relevant sports competition venues (tracks) and the main referees until 30 June 2016 by the association Latvian Motorsport Federation, the association Latvian Automobile Federation and the association Latvian Water Motorsport Federation shall be in force until the date of their expiry but not later than by 31 December 2017.

[14 April 2016]

11. A sports educational institution that has been admitted as a member of a sports club or sports federation until the day of coming into force of Section 10, Paragraph 3.1 of this Law shall keep its rights of a member of a sports club or sports federation also after the entry into force of the abovementioned provision, except in the case when the founder of the sports educational institution has taken a decision to withdraw the membership of the sports educational institution from the sports club or sports federation.

[22 June 2017]

12. The Cabinet shall issue the regulations referred to in Section 11.1, Section 11.3, Paragraph six and Section 11.4, Paragraph six of this Law not later than by 30 June 2019. Until coming into force of such regulations the principles laid down in the World Anti-Doping Code shall be applied, insofar as they are not in contradiction with this Law.

[24 May 2018]

This Law was adopted by the Saeima on 24 October 2002.

President V. Vīķe-Freiberga

Riga, 13 November 2002

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2018 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 24.10.2002.Entry into force: 27.11.2002.Theme:  Education, science, sportPublication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 165, 13.11.2002.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 23, 12.12.2002.
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