Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music has been approved as a substitute for the Russian national anthem at the 2021 World Hockey Championships. This was announced by the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel on Thursday, April 29.
“We received a request from the Russian sports authorities to have Tchaikovsky’s music played before the national team matches. We agreed. Now Tchaikovsky will be played before the Russian team matches at different (men’s and women’s) world championships,” Fasel said.
March 17, Fasel said that Russian hockey players will play at the World Championships in Riga under the flag with the logo of the Russian Olympic Committee instead of the national tricolor.
On March 15, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the decision to deny the ROC’s request to use the song “Katyusha” as the anthem for the award ceremony for Russian athletes during the Olympic Games and World Championships during the period of sanctions against Russian sport. On April 22, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the music of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as a replacement for the Russian anthem at the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics.
In December 2020, the CAS decided that Russian athletes would not be allowed to perform under the country’s flag at major international competitions until December 16, 2022. Thus CAS eased the sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Russian sport by halving the punishment. In addition to the national flag, Russian athletes are prohibited from using the national anthem.