Motorcycle racer Pauls Jonass is among 12 athletes from non-Olympic sports who are set to receive support from the Latvian Olympic Committee ©Getty Images

The Latvian Olympic Committee (LOK) has announced 10 of the 12 athletes from non-Olympic summer sports that will receive funding in 2021.

For the first time, non-Olympic sports federations in motorsport, water sport, orienteering and professional boxing were given the chance to nominate representatives for support as part of the Latvian Olympic team (LOV).

Six of the 12 places have been taken up by competitors from motorsport including Mārtiņš Sesks, Nikolass Bertāns, Justs Grencis, Pauls Jonass, Andžejs Lebedjevs and Kārlis Alberts Reišulis.

Orienteers Sandra Grosberga, Rūdolfs Zērnis, Uldis Upītis are also set to secure support along with Ieva Millere, who competes in powerboating.

The remaining two places have been allocated to professional boxers, although their names have yet to be confirmed.

A total of 89 athletes from 18 Olympic sports are also in the mix for funding prior to this year’s Olympic Games.

The A line-up features 18 athletes that have already qualified for Tokyo 2020, including weightlifter Ritvars Suharevs, karate fighter Kalvis Kalnins and show jumper Kristaps Neretnieks.

The B line-up consists of 41 Tokyo 2020 hopefuls that have yet to secure their place at the Games, while the LOK has also agreed to support 30 junior athletes.

Those selected are set to be provided with financial backing from LOK and sports federations as well as support in medicine, sports science and education.

The Latvian Olympic Committee has pledged to provide financial support to athletes ahead of Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
The Latvian Olympic Committee has pledged to provide financial support to athletes ahead of Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

LOV chairman Einars Fogelis said the support would help them prepare for competitions and achieve "high results" at the Olympics.

Last month, LOK revealed the amount of funding for Latvian Olympic athletes would "not change" in 2021 despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with priority given to those preparing for Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.

The announcement comes after LOK introduced the "One-Stop-Shop" model for this year, which aims to strengthen the state of Olympic sports federations.

"Starting from 2021, the athletes and coaches in the LOV will receive funding for training and competition work in their federations, according to the criteria," said LOK President Žoržs Tikmer.

LOK secretary general Kārlis Lejnieks added: "I positively evaluate the decision made by the LOK on the inclusion of non-Olympic sports athletes, recognising and supporting their results.

"LOV, as the medical centre of the Latvian sports elite, will be modernised, providing the necessary support to elite athletes both in training and competitions.

"At the same time, innovative trends in sports medicine must be assessed and the range of services provided to athletes must be expanded."