In the summer of 2018 Riga and Sigulda will be the capital cities of orienteering. I have no doubt that both local and foreign orienteers will enjoy running an orienteering race in a so historically and culturally rich place as the old town of Riga. This will be the first time ever that the World Orienteering Championships Finals will take place in the very heart of a capital city. We will do everything to make this event unforgettable for competitors and spectators alike.
For certain, the unique nature and beauty of the terrains of Sigulda area will take away the breathofthe worlds' best orienteers as well as those who enjoy our sport in a more relaxed manner - the picturesque Gauja River valley is a dream for connoisseurs of orienteering.
I encourage everyone to mark year 2018 and Latvia in your calendars right now - it will be the WOC of the century!
President of the Latvian Orienteering Federation - Viesturs Tamužs.