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Kazakhstan Officially Complains Over 'Borat' Anthem


Kazakhstan's Maria Dmitrenko (top center) atop podium following first-place finish at Grand Prix shooting championship in Kuwait in March 2012, where organizers flubbed the anthem.

Kazakhstan's Maria Dmitrenko (top center) atop podium following first-place finish at Grand Prix shooting championship in Kuwait in March 2012, where organizers flubbed the anthem.

Kazakh officials have filed an official complaint with the Olympic Committee of Asia after a spoof of the Kazakh national anthem from the satirical film "Borat" was played at a medals ceremony in Kuwait to honor a Kazakh athlete.

Kazakhstan's national sports agency said on March 27 that the Kuwaiti organizers of the International Sport Shooting Championship are responsible for the blunder.

It also said that some Kazakh sports officials will be penalized.

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The Kuwaiti organizers of the shooting medal ceremony have already issued an apology over last week's incident, in which the derogatory Kazakh anthem from the 2006 film "Borat" was played while the Kazakh champion Maria Dmitrienko received the gold medal.

The film was banned in Kuwait and most of the Arab world for its controversial and allegedly offensive comic material.

Based on reporting by AFP and ITAR-TASS
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