The folk song ‘Katyusha’ will not be played in the upcoming FIS World Ski Championships, but in the Russian national anthem, which was banned by doping officials as part of sanctions against Russia.
Russian team members who are banned from using national symbols at the global event are known as the Russian Ski Federation (RSF), with the Russian Olympic Committee emblem replacing the national flag during the competition.
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The idea of using the popular patriotic song “Katyusha” for Russian gold medalists at the championship was rejected by the International Ski Federation (FIS), according to which the official anthem of the body is played instead.
‘Katyusha’ is a folk song / military march composed by Matvey Blanter in 1938 with lyrics by Mikhail Isakovsky.
It gained nationwide popularity during World War II as a patriotic song that inspired people to defend the motherland.
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Members of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) put forward the idea of using the song at major sporting events after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) upheld WADA’s decision to impose a ban on Russia, but the tenure increased from four to two Had shortened years.
The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 will take place in Oberstdorf from February 23 to March 7.