20-24 July 2020, Ventspils, Latvia
Update from the International Board of the IOL

It is with great regret that the International Board of the IOL has to announce the cancellation of this year’s Olympiad, scheduled to take place in Latvia, July 20th-24th. This is obviously due to the ongoing global health situation.

The Board has discussed many options, including postponement to a later date, or holding an online competition, but has decided regrettably that none of these options is viable. Postponing for a few months is not possible due to the venue not being available, as well as the continuing uncertainty about the situation in the relative short term, and potential difficulties with funding. An online competition has been ruled out for practical reasons, particularly the fact that many countries have not yet been able to complete their national competitions to choose a team, and would have difficulties doing so, as well as the practical challenge of ensuring a fair competition for all involved.

We trust that, although disappointed, those who would have participated will understand the inevitability of this decision, and we hope everyone will remain safe and healthy throughout the crisis.

And some good news: the 18th IOL will take place in Ventspils, Latvia, from July 19 to July 23 2021.


Dear Participants of the Eighteenth International Linguistics Olympiad,

Very warm welcome to Latvia, Ventspils City and the Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, who is hosting the IOL 2020! This global event is an extremely tough and busy time both for participants and for jury. However, it is also an opportunity to make a lot of new friends and build an international network for life. Have a great time at our University, explore our city, the sunny beach and neighborhood. I wish you a great spirit of competition and have real fun at the IOL 2020 in Ventspils, Latvia!
Yours sincerely,
Karlis Kreslins
Ventspils University of Applied Sciences