LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Russian gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics are set to hear music by Tchaikovsky as the replacement for their national anthem, which has been banned as punishment for state-backed doping.
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 skating world championships this year.
LAST YEAR, a CAS ruling banned Russia’s flag, anthem, and team name from the following two Olympics in the latest punishment for an extensive doping program and cover-ups, including at previous Olympic Games and testing laboratories in Moscow and Sochi.
The acronym “ROC” for Russian Olympic Committee, the team will be known in Tokyo and Beijing.
It will use the flag of the country’s Olympic committee rather than the national tricolor. However, official team uniforms unveiled last week are white, blue, and red colors associated with the national flag.
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