The world sports community has talking about replacing the banned anthem of Russia with Joseph Stalin popular song “Katyusha”, which was well-known during the Second World War.
The song is believed to have given the nickname of the BM-8, BM-13, and BM-31 Katyusha rocket launchers that were used by the Red Army.
Members of the Russian Commission officially presented the idea to the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), which caused a number of negative responses in Russian society. At the same time, it is said that the song does not reflect the Olympic spirit and reminds 2WW with a lot of blood and death.
In December, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decided to reduce Russia’s international sports ban from four to two years on appeal, but the decision still means the Russian flag and anthem will be absent from the next two Olympics: Tokyo in the summer of 2021 and the Winter Games in Beijing in February 2022.
Russian athletes who are cleared to appear at the Olympics and any world championships will have to do so as neutrals, without the nation’s flag and anthem.