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Parody of Kazakhstan anthem accidentally played in Kuwait sport event

March 24, 2012 8:24am
An international shooting competition in Kuwait ended on a not-so-happy note, after the organizers accidentally blared a parody of Kazakhstan's anthem on the public address system.

Instead of playing the anthem "My Kazakhstan" to honor the Kazakhstan athlete who topped the shooting competition, the organizers instead played the fake anthem that was shown in the movie "Borat."

"Winning a sporting event while representing your country is supposed to be a moment of pride – standing atop the medal podium, hearing your national anthem, feeling all your hard work pay off. Not for this Kazakhstan athlete in Kuwait. Kuwait accidentally blared Borat's obscene parody anthem thinking it was Kazakhstan's real anthem," tech site Gizmodo reported.

"How could this happen? Did the audio guy download the Borat Kazakhstan anthem mp3 from a dark area of the Internet? Did he scour YouTube once he realized Kazakhstan was going to win? How does this system usually work? There isn't an Olympics approved database of national anthems?" it added.

Despite the mixup, Gizmodo said the the Kazakhstan athlete handled the situation so well.

The video embedded in the article showed her keeping a straight face while what turned out to be the fake anthem was being played.

"She should get a gold medal for being a very nice and calm human being," Gizmodo said.

Another news site, The Daily What, featured the incident in its "International Incident of the Day."

"The poor people of Kazakhstan simply can’t catch a break," it said.

It added the latest mixup comes just two weeks after a similar incident involving Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” took place at a Kazakh ski festival. — LBG, GMA News
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