Russia wants Tchaikovsky music for anthem at Tokyo Olympics

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia wants to use music by 19th-century composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky as its replacement anthem for the Tokyo Olympics. Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov says officials have already discussed the Tchaikovsky excerpt with the International Olympic Committee and are waiting for approval. The same music was used at some speedskating events this year. CAS this month blocked Russia from using the patriotic folk song “Katyusha.” It cited a provision in the December ruling that the team couldn’t use “any anthem linked to Russia.”