In Latvia there are also several amateur hockey leagues.while under Soviet rule and German occupation from 1940 to 1991.This war continued as an organised struggle until 1956 when the superiority of the Soviet military caused the native population to adopt other forms of resistance.
Stalin committed the state's ideology to Marxism–Leninism (which he created), and initiated a centrally planned economy.
Association football is historically the most popular of the Latvian sports and is closely followed by hockey.
Some of Latvia’s most notable athletes include hockey player Sandis Ozoliņš, football player Māris Verpakovskis, olympic javelin thrower Jānis Lūsis, two-time Olympic BMX champion Maris Strombergs, and basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis.
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