Varvara Barysheva, executive director of the Russian Skating Federation, announced that the music of Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky will be played in the World Skating Championships instead of the Russian national anthem.
“The International Skating Union (ISU) informed us that we can choose the track ourselves, and we discussed different ideas about the type of music that could be played when awarding prizes to our Russian athletes in the World Ski Championships,” Barysheva said.
“We decided to choose a piece from the first concert of Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the International Skating Federation agreed to that,” the executive director of the Russian Skating Federation said.
“We wanted the music to be majestic and known all over the world and at the same time we wanted to refer to the rich cultural heritage of our country,” she explained.
An alternative music was proposed to the Russian national anthem in the 2021 World Skating Championships, after the decision of the Sports Arbitration Court “Cas” on December 17th to ban Russian athletes from competing in major international competitions under the Russian flag and anthem for a period of two years from the date of the decision, that is, until December 16. 2022, allegedly “data tampering with the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory”.
The World Speed Skating Championships will be held in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from February 11-14.
The World Short Track Skating Championships will also be held in Dordrecht, Netherlands, from 5-7 March.