In honor of the victory of the Russian athlete Angelina Golikova at the World Speed Skating Championships, a fragment of the first concert of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky sounded, and instead of the Russian tricolor, the flag of the Russian Skating Union was raised, reports RIA Novosti.
“Goosebumps ran. It is a pity that there is no anthem. But the melody is good and this victory means a lot to me, ”Golikova said after the awards ceremony.
Olympic medalist Olga Fatkulina, who became the third after Golikova at a distance of 500 meters, said that she was sad to compete at the World Speed Skating Championships in neutral status.
“I believe that we will go to the Olympic Games (2022) in Beijing, but I am sad without the anthem. I want an anthem, I want a flag. For me, this moment on the podium has always been over-motivation. We’ll have to find it in something else, in something for which the soul will burn, ”she said.
The Russian national team, in connection with the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), plays at a tournament in the Netherlands called RSU (Russian Skating Union) and the flag of the Russian Skating Union, not the country. The athletes’ uniform is devoid of the Russian tricolor and coat of arms. If the Russian skaters win, a fragment of the 1st concert by Pyotr Tchaikovsky will sound.
Recall, on December 17, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) published a decision on the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). CAS, in fact, softened WADA’s sanctions against Russian sports, effectively cutting the sentence by half compared to WADA’s initially desired. According to the CAS decision, Russian athletes will not be able to compete in major international competitions – the Olympic and Paralympic Games, world championships – under the Russian flag for two years – until December 16, 2022.
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