Rebeka Koha, Rising Sports Star of the Year
NBA basketball club New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and heptathlete Laura Ikauniece-Admidina were named the Athletes of the Year at the 12th Latvian Annual Sports Awards ceremony in December, 2016.
The other contenders were skeleton racer Martins Dukurs and his brother Tomass Dukurs, boxer Mairis Briedis, bobsledder Oskars Melbardis, and sprint canoer Aleksejs Rumjancevs.
Rebeka Koha, the weightlifter who took fourth place at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, was named the Rising Sports Star of the Year.
The national men’s basketball team received the award as Latvia’s Team of the Year even though they failed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Lattelecom Riga Marathon was named Mass Sporting Event of the Year.