After Prime Minister Andris Berzins guaranteed a cash prize for Marie Naumova, the city of Riga offered Marie Naumova LVL 100.000. Financing will be allocated from the Riga City Development Fund. The Latvian press agency LETA wrote that today.
Marie Naumova said her president had called after the event to congratulate her and that the government said it would consider a financial reward for the act on Monday.
Estonia's triumph last year sparked fears that ETV would not have the funds to organise the event. “But I can ask did you notice this last night” Arvids Bubris, head of Latvian Eurovision delegation, asked reporters on Sunday. He said the Latvian public broadcast funds were tight, but the country would manage to put on the event. The governement promised the press to accept the contest's oganisation for 2003.