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Anger as spoof Kazakhstan anthem played at medal ceremony

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div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/34159?ns=guardianpageName=Anger+as+spoof+Kazakhstan+anthem+played+at+medal+ceremony%3AArticle%3A1722396ch=Sportc3=GU.co.ukc4=Sport%2CKazakhstan+%28News%29%2CSacha+Baron+Cohenc5=Not+commercially+usefulc6=Associated+Pressc7=12-Mar-24c8=1722396c9=Articlec10=Newsc11=Sportc13=c25=c30=contentc42=Sporth2=GU%2FSport%2FSport%2FKazakhstan" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"• Embarrassment at Arab Shooting Championships ceremonybr /• Spoof Kazakhstan anthem from Borat movie played in error/ppKazakhstan has called the playing of a spoof of its national anthem at an international sporting event "a scandal" and demanded an investigation of the incident./ppMaria Dmitrienko won a gold medal for Kazakhstan on Thursday at the Arab Shooting Championships in Kuwait, but during the award ceremony the public address system broadcast the spoof anthem from the 2006 movie "Borat," which offended many Kazakhs by portraying the country as backward and degenerate./ppForeign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov told the ITAR-Tass news agency the incident "is, of course, a scandal and demands a thorough investigation, which we intend to conduct."/ppITAR-Tass quoted shooting team member Oksana Stavitskaya as saying that Asian Shooting Federation President Sheikh Salman al-Sabah had apologised to the team./pp"Sheikh Salman personally apologised to us. He recognized that the use of the music from the scandalous film in place of the anthem of Kazakhstan was completely a mistake of the organisers. He explained that the awards ceremony was conducted by a firm under contract," Stavitskaya said./ppThe Kazakh news agency Tengri quoted team Coach Anvar Yunusmetov as saying tournament organizers had downloaded various countries' national anthems from the Internet./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/kazakhstan"Kazakhstan/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/sachabaroncohen"Sacha Baron Cohen/a/li/ul/divbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds"More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /

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