• UKRAINE PLAYS RUSSIAN ANTHEM FOR HOME CHAMPION

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    KIEV: The Ukrainian organizers of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kiev were left red-faced after mistakenly playing the Russian national anthem to celebrate the victory of a Ukrainian gymnast. Ukrainian Ganna Rizatdinova, who won gold in the individual hoop in the first day of competition, started to sing the words to the anthem on top of the podium when she realized that that music was that of the anthem of Russia, not Ukraine. A brief confused smile on the athlete’s face was replaced by indignation as the hall of the Kiev Palace of Sports erupted with the jeers and catcalls of disgruntled Ukrainians. Championship organizers switched on the right track a few seconds later and the Ukrainian anthem was played out at full volume.

    AFP

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