In Poland’s Katowice the Belarusian national team had to play handball to the strains of the Soviet song ‘Katyusha’.
This song would have been more consistent with a Russian team’s performance. Belarusian sports announcers Syarhei Novikau and Uladzislau Tatur also noted the unusual choice.
‘Katyusha’ might have been taken by mistake, Magdalena Hammond, the Polish Handball Association’s coordinator on organisation and promotion, told Belsat.eu. The Soviet song will never be background music for matches in which Belarusian players participate, she promised.
“We prepare music backgrounds for each match. We want to entertain fans from Poland, our guests who come from countries taking part in the European Championship and sportsmen themselves. We opt not only for well-known and favourite songs of 1970s, 80s and 90s, but also for modern songs that we can hear on the radio. At the same time, when selecting the songs from participant countries, we consult with teams and federations. And so was the case with Belarus.
If we talk about ‘Katyusha’, there just might have been a mistake. Of course, we did not mean to offend anyone. We are very grateful for your recommendations. Our repertoire will be revised,” Magdalena Hammond said.