Russia condemns CAS ‘stupid’ decision to stop athletes replacing hymns with country song

PHOTO FILE: President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov arrives for a press conference after a meeting in Moscow, Russia December 12, 2017. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has decided to stop Russian athletes from playing a beloved country song “Katyusha” at international sporting events, TASS said a deputy head of Committee Russian Olympics say Saturday.

Russian athletes in January proposed playing “Katyusha”, a song he enjoyed most during World War II, and the national anthem and flag have been banned for the next two years due to widespread breaches. on top. “Katyusha” is short for the girl’s name “Ekaterina”.

“The CAS panel considers that ‘any hymn associated with Russia’ extends to any song associated with, or with links to, Russia, which would include ‘Katyusha’,” he said. CAS in a statement made by insidethegames Olympic news website Friday.

CAS did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for confirmation of the statement.

“I can call this CAS decision silly. I have nothing more to add, “said TASS, as Alexander Zhukov, who is now a member of the lower house of parliament, said on Saturday.

Switzerland, based in Switzerland, in December ratified a regulation that banned Russian athletes from competing at major international events, including the Olympics, under the country’s flag until 2022.

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