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Tchaikovsky’s music to be played at awarding ceremonies of Russian figure skaters

The tournament will be held in Sweden’s Stockholm between March 22 and 28

MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. A musical piece from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 will be played during the awarding ceremonies for Russian figure skaters at the World Championship next month instead of the national anthem in case of their victory, the press service of the International Skating Union (ISU) announced to TASS on Tuesday.

Last week, the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR) suggested a musical piece from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to the International Skating Union for use during the 2021 World Figure Skating Championship, which is scheduled to be held in Sweden’s Stockholm between March 22 and 28.

The duration of the musical piece will be approximately one minute. The Russian national team of figure skaters will be participating in the world championship under the FSR name.

Early last week, Varvara Barysheva, the executive director of the Russian Speed Skating Union, told TASS that a musical piece from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 would be played during the awarding ceremonies of Russian athletes at the Speed Skating and Short Track World Championships.

The 2021 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championship was held in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, between February 11 and 14. The 2021 World Short Track Speed Skating Championship will be held on March 5-7 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld on December 17 WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

According to the CAS decision as of December 17, 2020, Russian athletes are deprived of their right to participate in all world championships and Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for a two-year period.

The national anthem of Russia was also ruled out to be played at international sports tournaments in the course of the next two years, including at the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan this year.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for the period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.