The Tokyo 2020 Olympics They have had their peculiarities, but many of them have been due to extra-sports situations such as measures to avoid contagion of Covid-19.
There is one in particular that will be remembered for many years because athletes from Russia compete under the name of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
This is because the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA, punished Russia with four years of any competition for the doping scandal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The punishment was announced in late 2019 after WADA noted that Russia’s anti-doping agency did not cooperate to provide more information about what happened in 2014; the penalty was reduced to two years after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS, for its acronym in French).
Due to this sanction, Russian athletes have not been able to listen to the national anthem of their country when they win gold, and the Russian Olympic Committee chose to choose a song to replace it in Tokyo 2020.
What song did you choose?
At Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018, Russian athletes who qualified for those Olympics listened to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) anthem if they won a gold medal.
But to avoid a similar situation in Tokyo 2020, the Russian Olympic Committee asked the IOC if they could use another song so that athletes from their country would not feel embarrassed.
They first proposed the folk song “Katyusha”, but the CAS blocked its use because the song was directly related to Russia because it was used in World War II to recruit soldiers.
The second proposal was Piano Concerto No. 1, one of the most famous songs by the Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky; the IOC approved the order for Tokyo 2020 and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Currently the song has been heard seven times because it is the number of gold medals that Russian athletes have achieved.