The Russian sports delegation will not be able to use the popular Katyusha song instead of the Russian anthem at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and Beijing.
According to Inside the Games, such a decision at a meeting on March 12 was made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), rejecting the corresponding request from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
The court reasoned its decision by the fact that the song “Katyusha” is a composition directly associated with Russia, which contradicts the original decision regarding the ban on the national anthem.
According to the CAS decision, the Russian national teams will compete at the World Championships and the Olympic Games under a neutral flag for two years, but they will be able to apply national colors to their equipment and indicate the name of the country on it.
The arbitration decision was commented to Sport24 by the chairman of the athletes’ commission of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and Olympic champion in saber fencing Sofya Velikaya.
She noted that the question of choosing a song had long been raised, and since this option was rejected, the search for a new one would begin.
“Let’s be more tolerant and stronger. You can’t figure out which song to offer right away. It would be possible to hold a vote, but we have a very large country and many athletes, ”the athlete emphasized.
Velikaya also added that it remains to be seen by what criteria to select: a well-known composition or a more modern, youthful one.
She said that there are many nuances associated with this problem, and urged to send several options for consideration to the CAS at once so that something would be chosen.
Nevertheless, this position looks rather naive – one can hardly hope that an attempt to adapt to the mood of the CAS judges will lead to a positive result for Russia. Any composition that OCD suggests they will definitely reject. Even if it is “God Save the Queen” in Tatar.
As reported by topnews, in February the International Ski Federation (FIS) did not allow Russian skiers to use the song “Katyusha” instead of the Russian anthem, which had previously been banned by WADA. The FIS anthem was played when the Russians were awarded at the World Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.