Russians, Belarusians to be banned from participating in Norwegian singing competition

The organizers of the international Queen Sonja Singing Competition, which is held in Oslo every two years, said Wednesday that they will not receive applications from holders of Russian and Belarusian passports, SIA refers to Russian media.

On their Instagram account, they expressed solidarity with Ukraine and notified that no applications for the participation in the contest to be held from August 15 through 26 will be received from Russians and Belarusians.

"The competition expresses solidarity with Ukraine and its citizens, therefore applications from singers with Russian or Belarusian citizenship will not be accepted," the organizers said.

The international Queen Sonja Singing Competition has been held in Norway since 1988.

Soprano Maria Motolygina of Russia, a singer of the Bolshoi Theater youth opera program, won the previous competition in 2021.

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