BORAT Theme Played as Kazahkstan National Anthem
KAZAKHSTAN has demanded an apology from Kuwait after a spoof Kazahstan national anthem from Borat was played at a medal ceremony for its national shooting team.
The blunder took place as Maria Dmitrienko stood on top of the podium to celebrate her gold medal performance at the 10th Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait.
But instead of the Kazakh national anthem, Dmitrienko had to listen to the song used in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Footage of Thursday's original ceremony posted on YouTube shows Dmitrienko listening to the anthem without emotion and finally smiling as it ends.
Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews that the tournament's organisers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.
"Then Maria Dmitrienko's turn came," he said. "She got up on to the pedestal and they played a completely different anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan."