Lejnieks will continue to lead LOK after Tikmer’s resignation / Diena


On Wednesday, Tikmers announced his resignation from the post of LOK president, “taking responsibility, as well as to protect Latvian athletes and also his family from behind-the-scenes intrigues and unjustified insults”.

As Lejnieks, who has worked together with Tikmer for the past three years, revealed to LR, he is not going to resign yet, and his remaining in office will be decided next Friday, May 26, at the extraordinary session of the LOK General Assembly. Lejnieks actually led the LOK for the last few weeks, because Tikmer has a sick leave after the operation.

It has already been reported that the LOK and the Latvian Basketball Association (LBS) engaged in a public and conflicting exchange of opinions this spring after information about the involvement of his former and current family members in the company came to light in an interview with the Latvian Television (LTV) “Sporta Studias” with the president of the LOK Tikmer. which provides services to Olympic centers.

The LTV sports news editorial team reported on Saturday that several companies related to Tikmera have been long-term suppliers of the LOK and the Olympic centers under its auspices. Some of them had it during the time when Tikmers was the vice-president and general secretary of the LOK, and a couple – when he had already become the president of the LOK.

LTV received confirmation of information about five companies – SIA “SC Kafe”, SIA “Ice Ring”, SIA “Plus Fitness”, SIA “Express Travel” and SIA “Rumba koženerācija” – in which Tikmer’s ex-wife was or still is the co-owner at some point Gita Ducmane and current spouse Inese Celmiņa. In three companies, Celmiņa became a co-owner instead of Ducmane when Tikmers divorced Ducmane.

The business sectors of these companies are catering, gym rental, rink supply, cogeneration and travel services. In some companies, the spouse of former LOK President Vilnius Baltiņš and the daughter of former financial director Alda Āboliņš also own capital shares, reports LTV.

Tikmers rejected suspicions of a possible conflict of interest and stated in connection with the published information that he could see LBS’s desire to implement a defamation campaign against him in the fight for influence in the LOK.

On the other hand, LBS president Raimonds Vējonis rejected Tikmera’s attempt to link the news about his possible conflict of interest with LBS and called on Tikmera to publicly apologize to LBS. Vējonis is not going to apply for the position of LOK president, but believes that Tikmer should resign from it.


Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.

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