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IOC endorses Tchaikovsky’s music as Russian anthem at Olympic Games

IOC endorses Tchaikovsky’s music as Russian anthem at Olympic Games

Russian gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics are expected to hear Tchaikovsky’s music as a replacement for their national anthem, which has been banned as a punishment for state-sponsored doping.

The International Olympic Committee announced Thursday that it has approved Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 for use at this year’s Tokyo Games and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

It was proposed by Russian Olympic officials after their first choice, the patriotic folk song “Katyusha”, was blocked by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It was previously used at the world skating championships this year.

A CAS ruling last year banned Russia’s flag, anthem and team name from the next two Olympics in the latest sanction for a massive doping and cover-up program, including at the Games Previous Olympics and test labs in Moscow and Sochi.

The team will be known by the acronym “ROC”, for the Russian Olympic Committee, in Tokyo and Beijing.

It will use the flag of the country’s Olympic committee rather than the national tricolor, although the official team uniforms unveiled last week are in the white, blue and red colors associated with the national flag.

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