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Wed, 29.01.2003
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Eurovision Song Contest faces troubles
Financial problems of Latvian capital of Riga

Riga (pte043/29.01.2003/21:09) - Thousands of Eurovision Song Contest fans could face huge disappointment this year after the host country admitted they were having financial problems and may have to cancel the show. The contest, which is watched by millions of people each year, is due to take place on May 24 in the Latvian capital of Riga.

But city councillor Guntars Kukuls said due to enormous problems with the budget they may have to withdraw funds and resources they had originally promised the organisers.

The Baltic city had promised to sponsor a 700,000-pound cultural programme to be aired between songs on the night of the contest but are now doubtful they will be able to and have even admitted that the show may have to be cancelled or relocated.

However German Juergen Meier-Beer who helps organise the German contestants was optimistic the show would go on and said: "Financial problems are normal with the smaller countries. But so far they have always been solved in the last minute."

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