The famous Piano Concerto No. 1 by Peter Tchaikovsky is intended to replace the Russian national anthem at the next two Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted a corresponding request by Russia on Thursday, announced the President of the National Olympic Committee (NOK), Stanislav Posdnyakov, in Moscow. The music is planned for the Summer Games in Tokyo this year and the Winter Games in Beijing in February 2022.
Because of the affair surrounding the manipulation of doping data, Russia was sentenced to a two-year ban from the Olympic Games and World Championships on appeal before the CAS International Court of Justice. The name Russia, the Russian flag and the national anthem are therefore banned from major events.
NOK boss Posdnajkow thanked the IOC for the solutions so that his country could still preserve its identity. The process was not easy. The Russian athletes can therefore wear clothes in the colors of their national flag and are recognizable even without the inscription Russia. In addition, the Russian colors white-blue-red are included in the NOK flag. And now there is also a musical accompaniment. “This means that our Olympic team has all the elements of its own identity for today.”
At the Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018, the country's athletes took part under the team name “OAR” (Olympic athletes from Russia) because of the scandal over state-sponsored doping. In Tokyo and Beijing, the team flag will now show an Olympic flame in the form of white, blue and red stripes and the five Olympic rings.