ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan’s shooting team demanded an apology from Kuwait after a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie ‘Borat’ was played at a medal ceremony instead of the official version.
The blunder took place as Maria Dmitrienko stood on top of the podium to celebrate her gold medal performance.
But instead of the Kazkah national anthem, Dmitrienko had to listen to the song used in the 2006 smash hit film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”.
The film, made by British comic Sacha Baron Cohen, portrayed the country as a hotbed of backward quasi-mediaeval racists who drink horse urine and indulge in incest.
Red-faced organisers in Kuwait apologised for the embarrassing oversight before restaging the medal ceremony, this time with the correct version of the Kazakhstan anthem.
Kazakhstan’s foreign office told local media that they were investigating the incident to avoid any similar errors in the future.
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